BETHLEHEM, Pa. --- The Moravian College women's volleyball team won its third straight match with a 3-0 sweep of Keystone College in non-conference action in Johnston Hall Thursday evening.
"It was great to compete for three sets tonight to earn the win," commented Head Coach Shelley Bauder. "We came out firing, especially our middles, and that helped set the tone for the evening. O also thought we stayed poised when Keystone mounted their comeback, and did what we had to do to close out the match."
The Greyhounds had an early 4-1 lead in the opening set before the Giants game back and took a 7-6 lead. Junior defensive specialist Alexis Szaro took to the service line with the Blue and Grey up 11-10 and served five straight points for a 16-10 edge. With the Hounds leading 19-13, Keystone scored five straight before Moravian pulled away for a 25-22 win the first set.
The Hounds would fall behind 5-0 in the second set before the serving of freshman outside hitter Katie Hudson, Szaro and freshman outside hitter Kirah Dreisbach pushed Moravian back in front 13-8. Junior setter Victoria Kauffman served the lead to up 18-10, and Szaro served the final four points in a 25-20 set victory.
The third set would be close early before Kauffman and Hudson took to the service line to push the lead to 13-8. Moravian would go on to take the set 25-13 for the squad's sixth 3-0 win of the season.
Senior middle blocker Erin Tiger led the Greyhounds with 12 kills and a pair of digs while Dreisbach contributed 10 kills and seven digs. Freshman middle blocker Renee Mapa added six kills while freshman right side hitter Sela Herber had four kills.
Kauffman controlled the offense with 34 assists to go with five digs and a pair of service aces while Szaro had 13 digs and two service aces. Hudson finished the contest with seven digs and three kills while sophomore libero Jasmine Pavlinsky and senior outside hitter Brooke Kusmider each had five digs. Freshman libero Ally Locy contributed four digs while freshman right side hitter Jess Appleton had a pair of kills.
Moravian is slated to return to action in a non-conference tri-match at Ursinus College on Saturday, October 13 with a contest versus Immaculata University at 1:00 p.m. before playing the host Bears at 3:00 p.m.