Scots volleyball sweeps Indiana

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Marah Maycock (center) attempts an attack Saturday afternoon against Indiana (Pa.) as the Scots swept the Crimson Hawks, 3-0, at McComb Fieldhouse with Maycock leading the team with 10 kills in the match.
Bounce back from loss

By Tyler Trymbauer
Sports Editor/Spectator

This year’s women’s volleyball team usually starts off slow and picks up momentum in a match that it wins.

On Saturday, the squad got off to a quick start and had the same result.

Edinboro (19-7, 10-5 PSAC) defeated Indiana (Pa.), 3-0  (25-18, 25-22, 25-13), at McComb Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon.

The Scots, who lost the night before to PSAC West leader Clarion, 3-1, tallied the first 11 points in the match before the Crimson Hawks climbed onto the scoreboard.

Junior outside hitter Marah Maycock, who led the team with 10 kills on the afternoon, said the loss the night before spurred the quick start.

“We had good momentum last night against Clarion,” she said. “We brought that into today as well. Usually we start slow then we kick it up, but we actually started fast for once. So I thought ‘wow, we are going to get out of here fast and get a good win.’”

The Scots did just that.

The Crimson Hawks chipped away at Boro’s lead in the first set, but the Fighting Scots still kept a distance as Tabitha Meeks (9 kills, 2 blocks) blew a kill past Indiana (Pa.)’s Joie Hrapla to give Boro a 17-9 advantage.

An attempt to block a Meeks’ attack by Indiana (Pa.) (9-13, 5-10) went wide and gave Edinboro a 25-18 set one victory.

Indiana (Pa.) earned the first point of set two, giving the Crimson Hawks their first lead of the match. Both teams went back and forth early on in the set, with no team possessing a lead larger than three during the entire set.

A big part of the Crimson Hawks’ competitive second set was Elizabeth Sova. The 6-1 senior totaled five kills and led the team with six total blocks in the match.

“[Assistant coach] Jimmy [Chan] always says to hit high hand. You can’t swing down on a big blocker,” Maycock said about the Scots’ game plan against Solva. “They will always block you straight down every time. So we tried to hit around her or hit towards to the top of her hand so it’ll go off and somewhere else.”

The plan was executed more as the match went along and began working late in set two after Indiana (Pa.) tied it up at 21 that forced a timeout by Edinboro. After, the Scots earned three straight points to take set two, the set point being a kill by Gruber, who leads the team in that category.

Set three was much easier for Edinboro as the Scots got out to an early lead and didn’t look back. A point by Maycock gave the Scots a 15-7 lead that forced the Crimson Hawks to call a timeout in an effort to regroup and make a comeback. However, that effort was unsuccessful as Boro took set three, 25-13, with junior right-side hitter Breanna Gardner earning the match-winning point.

“It was really good to get a win today, especially since we are in the hunt for the playoffs. Plus it was good to keep our motivation up and keep us going into next weekend as we have a lot of big matches coming up that we need to win,” Maycock said. 

The victory improved Edinboro’s PSAC record to 10-5 and has them in fifth place in the West Divison. The top four teams qualify for the postseason. Those schools are, as of Oct. 18, Clarion, Gannon, California (Pa.) and Seton Hill, respectively. The Scots face Gannon University on Friday night at 7 p.m. at McComb Fieldhouse, California (Pa.) on Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. and Seton Hill on Nov. 1 at home beginning at 1 p.m.

In between those playoff implicating matches, the squad does battle with Mercyhurst on Oct. 25 at McComb Fieldhouse at 1 p.m. and at Slippery Rock on Oct. 28. at 7 p.m.

Tyler Trumbauer is the sports editor for The Spectator. He can be reached by sports.spectator@gmail.com