Volleyball Scares Away the Green Terror in Straight Sets, 3-0
SWARTHMORE, Pa. - The Swarthmore volleyball team (17-6, 4-3 CC) made quick work of the visiting McDaniel Green Terror (0-21, 0-6 CC) on Saturday afternoon, winning in straight sets for the third consecutive match, 3-0 (25-11, 25-15, 25-17).
With the shutout victory, Swat hasn't given up a set since its tough five set loss to Gettysburg a week ago.
The Garnet got off to a quick start, opening up the first set with an early 10-2 lead and continued to dominate on its way to a 25-11 first set rout.
Senior Genny Pezzola and sophomore Brone Lobichusky were deadly on the attack, each playing in only the first set and combining for nine kills. Pezzola blasted five kills with only seven attempts while Lobichusky had four kills in six attempts.
Junior Allison Coleman led the Garnet in the first set with 10 assists, her only set of the match.
Swarthmore continued to roll in the second set, getting out to a big lead once again and held onto it, taking a quick two set lead.
McDaniel saw its only lead of the match in the third set, going up 5-4 early in the set but Swat took back control, scoring 10 of the next 13 points to go up 14-8.
Sophomore Danielle Sullivan and freshman Chastity Hopkins shut down the Green Terror the rest of the way to hold onto the 3-0 victory. Sullivan and Hopkins led the Swarthmore attack with six kills apiece. Hopkins hit .545 for the match.
Another freshman putting up big numbers on offense for Swarthmore was Kate Amodei with a game-leading 17 assists and picking up 10 digs.
Senior Hillary Santana led the game on defense, scooping up 13 digs. Sullivan had nine digs to add to her stellar offensive performance.
The match was Swarthmore's annual 'Dig for a Cure' match where the Garnet posted 48 digs to raise money for Tanner's Touch. Donations were made for each dig the team records in the match.
Tanner's Touch is a non-profit organization based in Carroll County, Md., was founded by former Gettysburg assistant volleyball coach Stephanie (Yingling) Moore in honor of her son who was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive form of pediatric cancer in 2009. Tanner's Touch will, in turn, donate the proceeds to Johns Hopkins Pediatric Cancer Research.
Swarthmore returns to the court on Wednesday, October 19 when it host Centennial Conference foe Muhlenberg. Play is set to kick off at 7:00 PM.