Rock volleyball pushing through up and down season

A two-win and three-loss start to PSAC play keeps The White and Green in contention.

Published by Alex Hanczar, Date: October 13, 2023
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A hot start to Slippery Rock volleyball’s season has turned into a back-and-forth PSAC battle.

The White and Green currently sit in the middle of the table following a sweep of Seton Hill University on Oct. 3.

Their 2-3 start to PSAC competition features wins over Mercyhurst University and Seton Hill and losses to Gannon University, Clarion and Edinboro.

Both Mercyhurst and Seton Hill sit below The Rock in the standings while Gannon, Clarion and Edinboro round out three of the top four teams.

After the team opened their season with three tournaments, their play at home has maintained consistent and showed promise of things to come.

The 2-2 record at home shows that The Rock and head coach Laurie Lokash fancy their chances at Morrow Field House.

The White and Green play three matches before they head to Indiana to take on rivals Indiana University (Pa.).

IUP have SRU in the standings by two spots currently as this matchup looks to be a key determiner in how both squads shape up the rest of the season. Prior to that, The Rock meet California (Pa.) and Pitt-Johnstown with non-conference foe Wheeling University in between.

SRU will look to defeat the lower ranked Cal U when they travel to California, Pa. on Friday Oct. 6th.

Last season these two met twice with each squad taking a series.

Sophomore Jaeden Yost has continued to impress midway through the season as she leads the team in assists with 334. This mark is just over 150 more than her closest teammate, senior Peytan Gullickson with 169.

Leading the team in kills is junior Erica Selfridge. Selfridge shined to begin the season and has only continued to do so with her 179 kills thus far.

Closely behind her is sophomore Callie Chevalier with 153.

Senior Kate Lachendro has made impact plays on the defensive side all season long as she sits at 273 digs to this point.

Clearly, the balance of strong play between upperclassmen and lowerclassmen has been a key to the team’s success this season.

Veteran head coach Lokash will look for her players to keep their edge as conference play continues.

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