QUICK HIT: The Susquehanna volleyball team defeated SUNY Canton and Messiah on Saturday afternoon. With the first win, head coach Kuuipo Tom earned his 300th SU career win.
COACH TOM: Coach Tom improves his record to 301-198 for a percentage of .603. With these wins, Coach Tom increases his mark as the winningest coach in SU history by 148 wins.
AGAINST SUNY CANTON: The River Hawks defeated the Kangaroos in straight sets (25-23, 25-20 and 25-14).
Susquehanna jumped to an early 6-0 lead in the first set until Canton went on a 10-4 run to come within one (11-10). The River Hawks went ahead 21-15 on a Marykate Sherkness kill but Canton answered with seven unanswered points to take its first lead of the game (22-21). A kill from Erin Byrne tied the game at 22 and SU proceeded to score the next three of four points to win 25-23.
The River Hawks led from start to finish in the second set, running away with a 25-20 win. The Kangaroos took the lead (3-0) early in the third set before an attack error followed by kills from Hannah Lyons and Morgan Lowe tied the game. The game was tied twice more before a 20-9 run gave SU the 25-14 win.
AGAINST MESSIAH: Susquehanna defeated Messiah in four sets – 25-17, 25-15, 21-25 and 25-19.
After the first set was tied six times – with the last at six-all – the river Hawks dominated the Eagles, out-scoring Messiah 19-11 to win 25-17. In the second set, Messiah led by three until a kill from Lowe brought SU to within two (13-11). A kill from Leana Carvin followed by a service ace from Lowe tied the game at 14 and then the River Hawks scored nine unanswered points to go up 22-14. The Eagles managed one more point in the set before SU won 25-15.
Messiah turned it around and led the third set from start to finish winning 25-21 before the River Hawks fought back and took command of the fourth set and won 25-18.
SU STATS: Lowe and Sherkness led SU in kills with 25 and 24, respectively, on the day while Caroline Beohm totaled 35 digs and Maggie O'Hearn tallied 76 assists. Tara Mahoney finished the day with five block assists.
WHAT'S NEXT? The River Hawks remain home to host PSU-Harrisburg for a 7:00 p.m. game on Tuesday, October 11th.