THE RUNDOWN – Edinboro vs. Saint Anselm
Final Score: Edinboro 3, Saint Anselm 0
Set Scores: 25-18, 30-28, 25-21
Records: Edinboro (6-2), Saint Anselm (5-4)
Location: Manchester, N.H.
The Short Story: The Edinboro volleyball team opened the Hawks Invitational on Friday night with a win over host Saint Anselm (25-18, 30-28, 25-21). The Fighting Scots picked up their second in a row and fifth sweep on the season. Freshman Alicia Eldredge broke her own school record for assists in a three-set match with 41 in the victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Early in the first set, the teams went back and forth with the score tied up at 5-5.
The Fighting Scots went on a 7-2 run to jump ahead 16-8 midway through the opening set.
The two teams then went back and forth again before Edinboro closed out the first set 25-18.
Edinboro jumped out to a 4-1 lead but the Hawks went on a run to take an 8-7 lead.
The Fighting Scots would use an 8-0 run midway through the second set to take a 16-11 lead.
Neither team could score more than a point on the other as Edinboro maintained the lead with a 21-17 late in the second set.
The Hawks pulled within one, 22-21, before Edinboro called a timeout.
Edinboro would force the Hawks into a timeout of their own holding a 24-21 lead in the set.
Saint Anselm would tie things up before back and forth points tied up the score at 28-28.
Kills from freshmen Sally Sterkel and Alicia Eldredge gave the Fighting Scots a 2-0 lead over the Hawks.
The Fighting Scots used a three and four-point run to pull ahead late 19-14 in the third set.
The two teams split the next six points with the Fighting Scots holding a 22-17 lead.
Edinboro finished out the sweep from Sterkel to win the third set 25-21.
Eldredge for the second match in a row set a new school record for assists in a three-set match. Her 41 against the Hawks eclipses her 40 against Glenville State on September 1.
The second marked the second time this season that Edinboro has gone up to 30 points in a set. Edinboro dropped the first set against MSU Mankato at the USI DoubleTree Invitational, 30-28.
For the match, Edinboro led the Hawks in attack percentage (.355-.216), kills (50-35), assists (46-36), service aces (9-2), digs (43-30), and total blocks (4-3).
Senior Megan Screptock led Edinboro with 15 kills and only one error for a .400 attack percentage in the win. She also added five digs and two assists.
Both Sterkel and sophomore Cierah Jackson had nine kills apiece. Jackson nearly had a double-double with eight digs to go along with her kills.
Sophomore Molly Brier had the match-high 11 digs over Saint Anselm.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
The match marked the second straight year that Edinboro has traveled to Saint Anselm.
Edinboro went 4-0 in 2017 at the tournament, including a 3-2 win over the Hawks.
Sterkel was named the PSAC Northwest Athlete of the Week for her efforts last weekend at the Rebich Investments Invitational.
Edinboro was picked to finish second in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Northwest Division according to the league’s preseason coaches’ poll.
Edinboro returns to the court for a pair of matches on Saturday, September 8 with matches against Mercy (12:15 pm) and Pace (2:30 pm). Both matches are part of the Hawks Invitational.