LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bridgette Holland was named to the All-Tournament Team after a solid performance all weekend, including a phenomenal final match, but Bucknell dropped its final two matches of the Bucknell Invite on Saturday at Davis Gym. The Bison lost to Oakland 3-0, and then closed the event with a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Buffalo.
Over three matches in two days, Holland tallied 31 kills, a .373 hitting percentage, and 11 blocks, five of which were solo. She joins Mimi Richards and Sophie Bullard as Bucknell freshmen to earn all-tournament honors this season.
The Bison dropped to 2-10 on the year, but were once again competitive. The loss to Buffalo marked their four five-set loss.
Oakland went 3-0 to take the tournament title. Joining Holland on the Bucknell Invite All-Tournament Team from the Golden Grizzlies were Darien Bandel (MVP), Jordan Lentz, and Melissa Deatsch. Rounding out the honorees were Cornell’s Carla Sganderlla and Kit McCarty, and Buffalo’s Madison Clark.
Bucknell now turns its attention to league play. The Bison will play at preseason-favorite American on Friday, and will travel to play Navy on Saturday.
Oakland 3, Bucknell 0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-21)
After three wins this weekend, including the three-set victory over Bucknell, Oakland improved to 8-6 on the season. Deatsch gave all three opponents trouble with her serve. She finished with six aces, while adding 13 digs against the Bison.
Junior Hailey Stout paced Bucknell with nine kills, while sophomore Blake Buchholz finished with eight, and senior Jordan Walker contributed six. Holland had three total blocks, including two solo, and senior Erika Eastley added four block assists.
Sammy Condon had 13 kills with a .556 hitting percentage for Oakland. Bandel chipped in with 12 kills.
Buffalo 3, Bucknell 2 (25-22, 11-25, 17-25, 25-19, 15-10)
Bucknell took two of the first three sets, including a 25-11 blowout in the second, but Buffalo responded with a 25-19 win in the fourth set and 15-10 victory in the fifth to clinch the match. The Bulls improved to 1-12.
Despite the loss, Holland’s individual effort was impressive. She led all players with a career-high 19 kills, which came with a .567 hitting percentage. Defensively, she recorded seven total blocks, three of which were solo.
A pair of setters, junior Luz Nagle and freshman Selby Schnobrich, did a great job of giving Holland good looks. Nagle finished with a career-high 35 assists, while Schnobrich added 20. Nagle showed her versatility with five block assists. Walker came through with 14 kills, and Stout tallied 12.
Megan Wernette did a lot of the damage for Buffalo, posting 11 kills and seven total blocks. Valisha Watkins led the team with 13 kills, while Scout McLerran did her part with 41 assists.