Volleyball duplicates success over Falcons

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Marah Maycock (above right), and the women’s volleyball team are cruising through their schedule, losing only two matches thus far in their 2014 campaign. They currently sit at 7-2.
EU tops Notre Dame once again

By Tyler Trumbauer
News Editor/Spectator

Sequels, whether they are movies or books, are notorious for not being as great as the original.

Between Edinboro and Notre Dame College, the sequel was quite like the first match, which left nothing but smiles on the faces of the Fighting Scots.

Edinboro (7-2) defeated Notre Dame (OH) 3-1 (25-11, 25-17, 19-25, 25-19) last Tuesday night at McComb Fieldhouse in the home opener for the women’s volleyball team.

That 3-1 result copied the score when these two teams faced off the previous Saturday in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference/Mountain East Conference crossover at Gannon University, where the Scots defeated Notre Dame (OH) (2-7).

“It’s awesome [to play at home and win],” junior Marah Maycock said after the win.

“It’s more comfortable. It is where we practice. It is where we are more comfortable being and we had a really big crowd tonight. I couldn’t believe how many people were here and they were actually into the game.”

That crowd of 177 was on the edge of their seats the whole match as the Falcons opened up the scoring with the first point before the Scots rallied off seven straight points. Boro continued its dominance out of the gate and took game one, 25-11, efficiently, with 12 kills and only four errors on 33 total attempts.

Notre Dame (OH) made game two a bit more competitive early on as it held a 4-3 lead. It remained tight and knotted at 12 midway through the game. The Scots surged into the lead later as momentum shifted fully onto their side as Maycock (14 kills, 4 aces, 1 block) spiked one straight passed two Falcons to give Boro a 21-17 lead.

Freshman Challen Litwiler (6-1-1) drove an ace past Notre Dame (OH) to win game two, 25-17.

Throughout the match, especially the first two games, the ladies played with energy and hustle, something head coach Missy Soboleski, says has always been there this season.

“They have been working their butts off in practice since Aug. 18 and I really have to tell you that I don’t know if I have ever had a team that works so hard,” the tenth-year coach admitted.

“Everything might not always go our way, but they never give up. They continue to battle and get the ball up the floor. Honestly, I am very pleased with how we have been playing.”

Game three may not have been the most pleasing match for Soboleski and the Scots. Edinboro was out to a 9-5 lead early in the game, but Notre Dame (OH) captured the lead, going on an 8-1 run, to take a 13-10 lead.

The Falcons, who only registered nine kills in the game, took it 25-19, and moved the match to 2-1.

Edinboro made quick work in game four, after allowing Notre Dame (OH) to climb into it, and won 25-19 with freshman Sydney Trathen, who led the team in assists with 24, scoring the final point of the match on an attack.

“We started off strong,” Soboleski said of the match.

“We got into a little rut where we let them feel good about themselves and we decided to turn it back on. When we faced a little bit of adversity, we just showed that we can control it and take control of a match.”

The victory bumped up the Fighting Scots winning streak to five consecutive matches, matching their season long in 2013.

The ladies are at Mercyhurst on Friday, visit Gannon on Saturday and return home to face Slippery Rock at 7 p.m. on Sept. 30 at McComb Fieldhouse.

*Editor’s note: After a successful weekend of matches, the women’s volleyball team is now 11-2 overall as of Sept. 21 and is riding a nine-game winning streak.*

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