West Chester University women’s volleyball rolled into Kutztown after winning all three games the previous week up at Millersville. The team entered with a combined record of 8-0, winning every game with a sweep of three sets to none.
The team’s first game was on Saturday against Caldwell University. West Chester University would come out on top three sets to one (19-25, 25-23, 13-25 and 20-25) with Caldwell narrowly avoiding a sweep in the second set, finally ending the Lady Rams’ streak of consecutive sets won at an incredible 25.
Amy Kovacs finished in the top two with 13 kills trailing only Katrina Janssen of Caldwell who had 14, while also leading the team with four blocks.
Juniors Allie Duffy and Abbie Dischert both added 10 kills each. Sophomore Emily Ahern led the team with four aces followed by Nikki Yates with three, with Yates also leading the team in digs with 19. Jillian Grammer led in the assists department by a landslide with 38, she has led the Lady Rams in assists in every game so far.
Junior Alex Gleason chipped in with 5 assists and 15 digs.
WCU took the rest of the night off and hoped to continue their winning ways against Shepherd University the next day, but were thwarted in a close affair in five sets (23-25, 25-16, 18-25, 25-18, 11-15).
WCU’s 82 points outscored Shepherd University by 20, but could not carry the momentum from their fourth set victory into the fifth as Shepherd closed the door.
A third set hitting percentage of only .118 percent could have been a factor in the loss. Senior Karleigh Lutz stepped up to lead the team in kills with 17. Dischert was all over the stat sheet in this one with 15 kills, an ace, a block and 18 digs. Victoria Crusciani had 11 kills and contributed with three blocks which led the team. Grammer served up a team-leading 52 assists and Yates led the team in digs again with 26.
The Lady Rams looked to rebound in their third and final game of the tournament, and they did against a familiar foe in the Goldey Beacom Lightning.
West Chester played against Goldey Beacom College in the Ram Fest tournament that took place in the beginning of September, which resulted in a 3-0 win. A duplicate performance took place as WCU came out on top 3-0 once again (25-18, 25-17, 25-20). WCU led Goldey Beacom in all categories, including nine aces compared to three from the Lightning and 41 kills to 25.
Grammer and Yates led the team in assists (29) and digs (18) for the third time in the tournament, completing their respective hat tricks.
Kovacs and Dischert both had 10 kills each, and Lutz followed them up with six. Crusciani finished with a game-high four blocks, and a personal hitting percentage of .556. Gleason found the stat sheet with seven digs, as did Ahern who served up three aces in the victory.
The team marches on with a record of 10-1 leaving Kutztown with a hardfought win, a close loss and a fairly dominating win.
Their upcoming games take place at Sturzebecker Health Science Center, as the Lady Rams face off against Cal University of Pennsylvania and Seton Hill University on September 22 and 23. WCU then travels to Clarion University to take on the Golden Eagles on Friday September 29.
Tyler Grace is a first-year student with an undeclared major. They can be reached at TG885739@wcupa.edu.