The Gannon University volleyball team had a tough weekend, being defeated by both the California University of Pennsylvania Vulcans and the Seton Hill Griffins.
The Knights started the weekend off Friday playing the Vulcans at Hammer Hall. Gannon was defeated in five sets.
The first set went to the Vulcans with a score of 25-20, but the Knights fought back for the win in the second set with a score of 25-18.
The Vulcans took back control in the third set with a final score of 25-17. Once again, the Golden Knights bounced back to take the fourth set with a score of 25-23. However, ultimately the Vulcans snatched the final set with a score of 15-11.
While the Knights may not have won this match, the players still had impressive statistics. Freshman outside hitter Hannah Kren managed a double-double with 18 kills and 27 digs. Junior outside hitter Maggie Desrosiers also had double-double with 10 kills and 13 digs.
Junior setter Megan Wendel had 51 assists and junior setter Taryn Graham had a career high with 35 digs.
Sophomore middle blocker Lynne Hibbard also had a career high with 11 kills and two block assists. Sophomore setter Morgan Walters finished the match with 29 digs, and freshman middle blocker Demma Strausbaugh had a career high of 12 kills.
After this match against the Vulcans, the Knights’ Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference record dropped to 9-5.
The Knights still had another match to prepare for on Saturday against the Seton Hill Griffins. Unfortunately, the Griffins took the match in three straight sets.
The Griffins came out ready to play in the first set and managed to finish with a score of 25-21.
The second set followed suit with the same end score of 25-21.
The third and final set of the match ended with Seton Hill taking the win with a score of 25-19.
Once again, the team was able to produce impressive statistics. Kren finished the match with eight kills, six digs and one block assist.
Junior middle blocker Emily Carver matched Kren with eight kills and also had one solo block. Wendel produced 28 assists, one block assist and seven digs.
Taryn Graham ended the match with 25 digs. After this loss the Knights’ overall PSAC record dropped to 9-6.
The Knights will return to action at 7 p.m. Friday, hosting Slippery Rock at the Hammermill Center.
Gannon will then host Edinboro at 2 p.m. Saturday.