Elizabethtown College’s volleyball team swept SUNY Canton and Misericordia University Saturday, Oct. 7 on the road at the Lycoming Warrior Tip-Off Classic.
After snapping their seven-game winning-streak during their first Landmark Conference Weekend, the team bounced back to crush Lebanon Valley College 3-0 last Thursday, Oct. 5, easily taking all three sets 25-13, 25-16 and 25-14. Two days later, the Blue Jays continued to dominate, defeating Canton 3-0 (25-7, 25-19, 25-10) and Misericordia 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-23).
Sophomore Elle Shatto led the team in their first game against Canton with 11 kills and two aces. Junior Sarah Schneider followed with seven kills and two aces, and junior Gabby Anders had four kills, one ace and two blocks. First-years Aiyana Tietze-DiToro and Marisa Krinock stood out on defense, earning 16 digs and five blocks, respectively. Krinock also had three kills for the Jays.
The team’s second game against Misericordia was closer than their first match, but the women held strong, led again by Schneider, Shatto and Anders. Schneider had 16 kills, Shatto had 13 kills, two aces and one block. Anders had two kills, a match-high four aces one block and a match-high 38 assists. Senior Morgan Reiss also had six kills and two blocks.
The Blue Jays were back home in Thompson Gym Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. to take on York College. After five close sets, the Blue Jays fell to the Spartans 2-3.
York took the first two sets 25-17 and 25-19. Etown came back fighting, taking the next two stets 20-25 and 22-25. A close final set, the Spartans got the win 18-16 over the Blue Jays.
Despite the difficult loss, Etown’s performance did improve compared to their performance against York earlier in the season when they lost 1-3.
Etown players had match-high kills and assists. Krinock had a match-high 14 kills, Shatto had 12 and senior Emily Sexton had nine.
Anders had a match-high 37 assists, Tietze-DiToro had five and senior Chelsea Gallagher had three. The trio was responsible for 45 of the team’s 47 assists. Schneider, Tietze-DiToro and Anders led the Blue Jays in aces with three each for Schneider and Tietze-DiToro and two for Anders.
The women will be back on the court this Saturday, Oct. 14 for a Landmark Conference Weekend hosted by Moravian College. They will take on Scranton University at 1:30 p.m. and Susquehanna University at 4 p.m.