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Volleyball News & Highlights

September 24, 2013

Eagles Put Down DeSales In Three Sets


Katrina Pisch rises up against three DeSales blockers. Pisch recorded 10 kills and three errors on 24 attempts (.292).

ST. DAVIDS, Pa.--Eastern Volleyball defended its home court on Tuesday with a three-set win over conference opponent DeSales University.

In a rematch of last year's Freedom Conference Championship, the Eagles started off slow in game one, but rallied to win the match 25-22, 25-13, 25-18.

Eastern, ranked No. 15 nationally in the latest AVCA poll, improved to 13-2 this season, while DeSales fell to 9-9.

The Eagles compiled a .331 hitting percentage in the match. Both Stephanie Elechko (Lansdale, Pa./ North Penn) and Lauren Sproles (Lititz, Pa./ Warwick) finished with 11 kills. Katrina Pisch added 10 kills (Blue Bell, Pa./ Merion Mercy) and Kearby Benak (Houston, Texas/ Langham Creek) nine. Amy Guarino contributed five kills in two sets, and Rikki Schlager (Lititz, Pa./ Manheim Twp.) and Erin Hillman (Allentown, Pa./ Parkland) combined for the Eagles' five remaining kills.

Schlager passed for 43 assists and added 12 digs. Freshman libero Rylie Haas (Bethlehem, Pa./ Freedom) dug out 19 DeSales' attacks.

The Eagles trailed 11-7 in the first set, triggering a timeout. The Eagles slowly made up ground and tied the game at 19-19 with a kill by Katrina Pisch. Lauren Sproles followed with a kill on the next point to give Eastern the lead. Sproles put Eastern up 23-22 with another kill. After the subsequent DeSales timeout, the Eagles took a 24-22 lead with another Pisch kill and then finished the set with a Sproles' ace.

Eastern dominated the second set, but DeSales kept the third set close. Stephanie Elechko put the match away with two kills at 24-17 and then 25-18.

The Eagles travel to Newport News, Va., this weekend where they will play Scranton University, No. 19 Christopher Newport and No. 17 Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Box Score

Updated: Tuesday, 24 September 2013


Mark Birtwistle

Mark Birtwistle

Coach Birtwistle has won more than 600 games and 16 Conference Championships as Eastern's Volleyball Coach

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