LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell volleyball team closed the Bucknell Invitational with a 3-0 win over Delaware State on Saturday at Davis Gym. The Bison finished 1-2 at their home tournament, including a 3-1 loss to Providence earlier in the day.
The Bison are 6-5 overall after playing their first three home matches of the season. They need just one more win to match last year’s total and have yet to reach the halfway point of the season.
Senior Karen Campbell was selected to the All-Tournament Team for the fourth straight weekend. She was joined on the squad by Colgate’s Kathleen Harris, who was named MVP, Jackie Macy and Madison McAndrews, Providence’s Kayla Fitzgerald and Michelle Cruz and Delaware State’s Jasmine Jackson. Campbell led the Bison with 37 kills, a .392 hitting percentage and 14 total blocks.
Colgate was the top team at the tournament, finishing with a perfect 3-0 record. Providence went 1-2, while Delaware State came in at 0-3.
Bucknell is at home for its next three matches. The slate includes Patriot League matchups against Navy (Sept. 25), American (Sept. 26) and Lehigh (Oct. 2).
Bucknell 3, Delaware State 0
Bucknell closed the tournament on a positive note with an easy 3-0 win over Delaware State, cruising to set wins of 25-11, 25-10 and 25-16. The Bison improved to 4-0 in the all-time series.
Campbell finished with 11 kills, a .526 hitting percentage and five total blocks, including three solo. Freshman Blake Buchholz was right behind her with eight kills and a .471 hitting percentage, while adding 10 digs. Jordan Walker tallied nine digs and four kills, Katie Price contributed eight digs, and Meghan Wentzel finished with 26 assists.
Bucknell set the pace early on by racing out to a 10-1 lead with 10 straight points in the first set. The Bison never trailed by more than one point in any of the three sets.
Jackson paced Delaware State (2-11) with 12 kills and 15 digs.
Providence 3, Bucknell 1
Bucknell won a thrilling first set, but it wasn’t enough in a 3-1 loss to Providence. The Friars left the tournament with an overall record of 9-5.
Providence led 21-16 before Bucknell staged an incredible comeback. Trailing 23-19, Hailey Stout served for five straight points, the final of which came on a block by Campbell and Buchholz, to give the Bison a one-point lead. The teams battled to a 28-28 tie before back-to-back attack errors by the Friars gave the Bison a 30-28 win and a 1-0 edge in the match.
The Friars went on to win the final three sets 25-18. 25-19. 27-25. A kill by Jordan Walker gave the Bison a 24-23 lead in the final set, but Providence stayed alive with a kill by Emily Horner. The Friars eventually clinched the match on a block by Allison Impellizeri.
Kayla Fitzgerald led the winners with a huge double-double of 26 kills and 24 digs. Jordan Wiesler registered 61 assists.
Erika Eastley had a great game for Bucknell, finishing with 11 kills, a .688 hitting percentage and four total blocks. Campbell led the team with 12 kills, Wentzel had 45 assists, and Buchholz and Price were tops with 14 digs apiece.