LEWISBURG, Pa. – Junior Hailey Stout tallied 10 kills and eight digs to lead a balanced offensive attack by the Bucknell volleyball team as it swept visiting Fairleigh Dickinson (25-20, 25-17, 25-22) in the season opener for both teams. The non-conference game was played as part of the Bucknell Tournament at Davis Gym.
Stout dominated the second set while helping Bucknell score 10 of the final 13 points. She had seven kills in the set and added a block assist. Her numbers weren’t as gaudy in the final set, but she delivered the match-clinching kill to help the Bison open the season on a positive note. She finished with a team-best .292 hitting percentage.
The Bison started the contest with three freshmen on the floor and had as many as four in the game at one time. Two of those players were second and third on the team in kills, with Sophie Bullard finishing with seven and Mimi Richards contributing six. Bullard added six digs, while Richards notched four block assists.
Bucknell never trailed in the final set and were never down by more than two in the entire match. The latest the Knights had a lead in any set was 12-10 in the first.
Senior captain Kristen Parks made her return to the court after missing her entire junior season with an injury. She looked good while leading the Bucknell defensive effort early on. She tallied 13 digs before giving way to freshman Brooke Stark in the final set. Stark did her part with five digs.
Freshman Selby Schnobrich didn’t receive the starting nod, but made the most of her opportunity after entering early in the first set. She tallied 26 assists, five digs and two block assists. She also had one of the team’s seven aces. Stout and Bullard had two aces apiece.
Bucknell limited Fairleigh Dickinson to a .051 hitting percentage. Rebecca Sabol paced the Knights with six kills, while Kirstin Trabert chipped in with 19 assists.
The Bucknell Tournament opened with a 3-0 win by East Carolina over Canisius. The Bison will play the Golden Griffins on Saturday at noon and will close the event with a game against the Pirates at 6 p.m. Play resumes at 10 a.m. with Fairleigh Dickinson taking on East Carolina. Canisius and Fairleigh Dickinson will play their matchup at 4 p.m.
With the win, Bucknell improved to 9-3 in the all-time series with Fairleigh Dickinson. The Bison have also won their season-opening contest in each of the past two seasons.