THE STORY: The Susquehanna volleyball team defeated the University of Scranton (3-0) and lost to No. 12 Juniata College (3-0) on Saturday in the first Landmark Conference weekend of the fall.
THE RECORD: The River Hawks are now 13-4 on the season with a 1-1 record in Landmark Conference action.
AGAINST SCRANTON: Susquehanna totaled 49 kills to Scranton's 31 with a hitting percentage of .333 to the Royals' .118. Morgan Lowe led all hitters with 17 kill and was one dig away from a double-double with nine. Marykate Sherkness tallied 11 kills while Erin Byrne had nine kills and only one error in 13 attempts for a .615 hitting percentage. Maggie O'Hearn led all setters with 38 assists and finished the match with SU's only double-double with a match high 15 digs.
In the first set of the day, the River Hawks were down 5-0 before going on an 8-3 run to tie the Royals at eight on an O'Hearn service ace. From this point, the set was tied three more times until a Scranton attacking error gave SU the 19-18 lead on the team's way to the 25-21 win.
In set number two, Susquehanna jumped to a 4-0 lead before Scranton scored a point. The Royals tied the game at eight but a kill by Lowe allowed SU to take a 9-8 lead, a lead they never relinquished, winning 25-16 on a Leana Carvin kill.
Once again, SU took a 4-0 lead in the third set before a Scranton kill got the Royals on the board. The River Hawks proceeded to out-score the Royals 21-13 to take the 25-14 win.
NO. 12 JUNIATA: The River Hawks totaled 28 kills and 49 digs in the 3-0 loss to No. 12 Juniata. Lowe led SU in kills with nine while Byrne contributed six and Hannah Lyons five. O'Hearn tallied 21 assists while Caroline Beohm had 14 digs.
In set one, Juniata was up 5-0 before an attach error gave Susquehanna its first point. However, the Eagles scored five more points before a kill from Lowe score SU another point. A double block from Lowe and Carvin brought the River Hawks to within seven (19-12) but it was the closest SU got for the remainder of the set as Juniata won 25-15.
SU scored the first point of the second set off of a Beohm kill and took a brief 2-1 lead on a kill from Byrne. Unfortunately, after tying the game three times with the last at four-all, Juniata went on a 21-13 run to give the Eagles the 25-17 win.
In set three, the Eagles led from start to finish with the River Hawks coming within one (14-13) on a Kasey Bost service ace. From this point, Juniata proceeded to go on a 11-8 run that saw the Eagles take the 25-21 win.
WHAT'S NEXT: The River Hawks remain on the road as they travel to Alvernia on Thursday, September 29 for a 7:30 p.m. match.