The West Chester volleyball team’s recent resurgence has kept their playoff hopes alive with wins over Slippery Rock, Millersville and Glenville State.Friday, Oct. 9 West Chester’s Volleyball team played Clarion University and Slippery Rock University in a double header inside Hollinger gym. Clarion University defeated the Lady Rams 3-0 in the PSAC crossover round-robin by scores of 25-11, 26-24, 25-21.
Clarion dominated the first match, however, the final two matches were close. Freshman Lexi Kegerise and Junior Michelle Powers each posted six kills in the loss to Clarion. Helen Fitzpatrick accumulated 22 assists while Lisa Campbell ended up with 10 digs.
Later that day, WCU faced off against Slippery Rock. West Chester trailed Slippery Rock 11-9 in the fifth and deciding set when Kegerise was inserted back into the lineup and provided the spark the Rams needed to finish off their opponent. WCU went on a 7-3 run to close out the final match and complete the come from behind win. The five matches were scored 22-25, 27-25, 20-25, 25-18,16-14. West Chester trailed Slippery Rock 2-1 going into the fourth set. The Lady Rams were able to dig deep and pull out an impressive 25-18 win to force a fifth set. Kegerise added nine digs and three blocks in the winning effort. Powers added 13 kills and Kelly Martin had 10 of her own to support the Rams’ offense. Captain Lisa Campbell registered a team-high 19 digs while Fitzpatrick and Kyra Yost each posted 17 digs of their own.
Saturday Oct. 10 would be a day in which the WCU volleyball team would like to forget. WCU lost both matches 3-0 Saturday afternoon to Indiana (Pa.) and California (Pa.) inside Hollinger Fieldhouse. In game one Saturday, West Chester fell to Indiana (Pa.), 25-18, 25-23, 29-27. Lexi Kegerise picked up right where she left off against Slippery Rock with 12 kills. Fitzpatrick posted 25 assists and 17 digs. Campbell contributed 13 digs as well.
Powers posted nine kills and five blocks. Ashley Focht had eight kills for the Rams. In the nightcap against California (Pa.) Powers registered six kills and Brook Foskey had five in the 25-20, 25-16, 25-15 defeat. Fitzpatrick registered 11 assists and seven digs for the Golden Rams. Campbell posted eight digs while Yost recorded seven.
Last Tuesday West Chester University’s volleyball team ended their losing streak by beating up on University of the Sciences of Philadelphia (USP) 3-0 in a non-league game. Kegerise registered nine kills while Powers, Martin and Focht each chipped in five apiece. Fitzpatrick recorded 20 assists and 12 digs in the victory. Martin contributed six blocks, and Yost posted five service aces as well.
Friday, Oct. 16 WCU hosted division rival Shippensburg inside Hollinger Fieldhouse. Despite a great effort from the Lady Rams, WCU dropped the match 3-2 in a pivotal PSAC game.
In game five WCU had an early lead; however, Shippensburg came back with an 8-4 run to close out the win. WCU lost the match 25-20, 18-25, 25-21, 18-25, 15-11. Campbell had a season-high 33 digs, and upfront Kegerise led WCU with 13 kills. Powers contributed with 11 kills, and Fitzpatrick had another consistent game dishing out 34 assists. For Shippensburg Kali Antolik registered a match-high 14 kills, hitting .333 for the match. Jenny Pry had 12. Andrea Heimsoth recorded 41 assists.
Saturday afternoon the WCU volleyball team had to quickly forget about their defeat at the hands of Shippensburg the night before because they played host to PSAC division opponent Millersville University.
The opening game would prove to be the most interesting between the two teams. In game one there were seven lead changes. The match was close throughout until Millersville put together an 11-5 run to pull away from WCU and ultimately win game one by a score of 25-19.
Game two was a completely different story; WCU came out swinging and took an early 15-5 lead. After having a ten point lead the Lady Rams never looked back and took the match 25-11 to even up the series at one a piece. West Chester went on to win game three by a score of 25-15.
In the do or die game for Millersville, WCU delivered the knockout punch by defeating MU 25-19. Overall the game was scored 3-1 in favor of WCU, 19-25, 25-11, 25-15, and 25-19. Kegerise and Powers led the team in kills, Fitzpatrick had another impressive game and Campbell played stellar defense in the win against Millersville University
Saturday night WCU took on Glenville State. In game one WCU made some early mistakes which led to points for Glenville. WCU was able to overcome their early mistakes and take game one 25-20. Game two was dominated by WCU; with the match tied at 13 a piece the Lady Rams went on a 12-2 run to close out game two 25-15. Game three was more of the same from WCU’s offense. The Lady Rams made quick work of Glenville defeating them in game three 25-13, and 3-0 overall.
West Chester University’s volleyball team is now 15-12 overall and these next few weeks are very important if WCU wants to get back into the playoffs.
This upcoming week the WCU volleyball team will host Lincoln University on Tuesday the 20th at 7 p.m. inside Hollinger Field House. On Friday they will host PSAC division opponent East Stroudsburg at 7 p.m. and on Saturday they take on PSAC division opponent Lock Haven at 12 p.m. WCU will also collide with Bowie State Saturday at 4 p.m. inside Hollinger Fieldhouse.
Steven Fisher is a third-year student majoring in communications with a minor in Journalism. He can be reached at SF674180@wcupa.edu.