PREVIEW: Volleyball returns home Friday


Ed Murphy

Mary Kate Mooney attempts a kill.

Peyton Qauckenbush, Sports Writer

This past Saturday, Nov. 2, the Bloomsburg Women’s Volleyball team traveled to West Chester, P.a. to face the Golden Rams, who have a 16-11 overall record this season.
Unfortunately, the Huskies could not come up with a victory against their Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) opponent, causing them to lose their second-consecutive 3-0 match. The women are 8-19 overall and 3-11 in their conference including this past match.
BU started off strong, yet West Chester had an answer every time and the Huskies couldn’t keep up their intensity. BU’s very own Alyssa Cianciulli of Royersford, P.a. put up two aces giving the Huskies an 18-15 lead during the first set, but the Rams then re-took the lead as a result of five-straight points.
The Huskies then tied the set at 20 apiece and ended up losing it as well as the second set even with a promising start with a lead of 10-6. The Golden Rams then finished off the match by winning the third set as well.
The Huskies tried their hardest and brought themselves back to within one point towards the end, although they lost their momentum, falling to the Rams.
The women are gearing up to play Shepherd University this Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:00 p.m. Shepherd University has an overall record of 23-3 and a conference record of 11-3, so this will be a tough match for the Huskies, especially because Shepherd University also swept West Chester completely who the Huskies just lost to.
To their advantage this is taking place at home. so the women may have a leg up on their competition. This is immediately going to be followed by another home game on Saturday, Nov. 9 against Shippensburg University at 10:00 a.m.
The team is really in a need of an end of the season pick-me-up due to their previous losses. Women’s volleyball is a developing program, so it’s no surprising that there have been small struggles the past two seasons.
However, the only way is up from now on and the team is working hard to improve. The good thing about this being a new program is that the team is very young, so there is potential for improvement. The women have plenty of time to make their mark and do their own part to better the team.
This Friday and Saturday will be quite eventful for the women. Hopefully they prove that their hard work and determination is paying off in the development of the program.
Start time against Shepherd on Friday night is slated for 7 p.m., while Saturday morning against Shippensburg is set for 10 a.m.