Volleyball sweeps Millersville, goes 3-1 in PSAC Crossover

Photo: Katie Smolen
Freshman setter Sydney Trathen (pictured above during a recent match) exited Edinboro’s match with Millersville due to an injury, but the Scots held on for a 3-0 victory.
Scots held on for a 3-0 victory

By Taylor Green
Contributing Writer /Spectator

Playing a game after a loss is one of an athlete’s biggest challenges, but playing it on the same day is even tougher.

However, Edinboro didn’t let that phase them on Friday night.

Edinboro (15-6, 7-4 PSAC) lost to Shippensburg early in the PSAC East/West Crossover, but defeated Millersville 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-21) Friday night at McComb Fieldhouse.

Millersville (9-10, 3-8) started with the serve and after a long first volley, won the first point. For a majority of the first set, it went point for point, and Edinboro was making simple mistakes to keep Millersville in it. It wasn’t until a well-placed tip by junior Katie Felix (31 assists) that Edinboro took the lead.

The biggest lead in the first set came after a kill by sophomore Jen Gruber and junior Maria Concheck’s aces, but no one could have guessed what was going to happen next.

Freshman setter Sydney Trathen chased down and successfully saved the ball by the bleachers. Trathen collided with the bleachers and sustained an injury forcing her to leave the match late in the first set and she did not return.

“It definitely shook us up a little bit, but we wanted to win that for her,” Haley Marett said of Trathen’s exit from the match.

“That’s a tough one to come back from,” head coach Miss Soboleski added about Trathen’s injury.

“They were all shaken, and they kept talking about it, but I basically said, ‘Do it for Squid. Do it for her. Let’s win this game for her. Win it in three’ and that settled them down.”

For most, the loss of a major player in a match would have been the turning point. This was not the case for the Fighting Scots. Trathen’s injury seemed to wake them up and they went on to win the first set by three points.

Going into the second set, Boro was still energized and ready to go, as Felix helped the team get an early lead with another well-placed tip.  Concheck’s serves also proved to be an issue for Millersville as the junior finished the match with four aces. Boro gained the biggest lead of the set and the match as a result of their kills. Leading the way with kills for Boro Friday night was Jen Gruber with 12 kills, but not far behind Gruber with eight was senior Tabitha Meeks.

The Fighting Scots won the second set by nine and the momentum didn’t stop there as they carried their momentum with them into the third and final set. Millersville seemed to threaten Boro’s lead late in the third set, but a timeout by Soboleski seemed to cure it all.

“[I told them] control your side of the ball, control  [the] first pass, better the ball, better that first pass, and better the set, keep it in play,” Soboleski related about what she told her team. “The biggest thing is, keep the ball in play so they make mistakes, not us.”

The Scots continue on their lengthy home stand with matches against Clarion Univeristy on Friday at 7 p.m. and Indiana University (Pa.) on Saturday at 1 p.m.

*Editor’s Note: The team earned two victories on Saturday, the final day of the PSAC East/West Crossover, against Pitt-Johnstown and Lock Haven, moving the team’s record to 17-6 overall and 9-4 in the PSAC.  

Taylor Green is a contributing writer for The Spectator. She can be reached by sports.spectator@gmail.com