Rock volleyball splits tournament in West Virginia

Published by Layla Joseph, Date: September 30, 2019
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Senior outside hitter Kaley Fucci attempts a serve against Kutztown on Sept. 27. Fucci has four aces and 70 kills this season.

On Sept. 13-14, the Slippery Rock’s woman’s volleyball team split wins and losses when they traveled to West Virginia for the PSAC/MEC Crossover.

SRU came out of the gates strong against the University of Charleston but were unable to continue that momentum through the end of the match. SRU started strong, with a first set victory over Charleston, 25-18, but three consecutive set losses, 17-25, 21-25 and 25-27, ending the match with a loss.

Before the second match of the day, SRU had some time to recollect and prepare for its match against Urbana University. SRU came out ready to play and held that advantage throughout the rest of the match as they swept Urbana 25-21, 25-18 and 26-24.

After one loss and one win, the women had a night of rest before they faced their next opponent, West Virginia Wesleyan College. SRU came out with a rocky start, losing the first set 21-25. However, it did not take long before SRU got fired up, and won the remaining three sets 26-24, 25-23 and 25-16.

In the last match of the tournament, SRU was challenged by West Virginia State. This five set back and forth battle ended with a loss for Slippery Rock as West Virginia came out on top 25-21, 18-25, 13-25, 25-18 and 13-15.

The SRU woman’s volleyball team, now 4-3, traveled to West Virginia again Friday, Sept. 20 to compete in WJU/WLU Invitational. Their first game was to be hosted by West Liberty University at 1 p.m.

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Layla is a senior strategic communication and media major with a concentration in converged journalism. Layla occasionally contributed to The Rocket before becoming the assistant news editor in spring 2023. One of her main goals in her academic career at Slippery Rock has been to bridge a gap between the college and the community. When she is not in the classroom, she can usually be found working, spending time with her friends and taking her cat Jerry on walks outside.

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