DELAND, Fla. – Bucknell volleyball closed the Hatter Classic with a 3-1 (18-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-18) win over host Stetson on Sunday at the Edmunds Center. Sophomore Mimi Richards was named to the All-Tournament Team for the second straight weekend, bolstered by 17 kills and seven total blocks against the Hatters.
The 17 kills by Richards came with a .406 hitting percentage, while her block total included two solo and five assists. For the tournament, she tallied 22 total blocks, including a school-record tying 10 block assists against Providence, and 34 kills over three matches.
Bucknell holds a huge lead in blocks in the Patriot League, averaging 3.21/set. Individually, Richards is first with 1.79 blocks per set, while senior Celeste Barker is fourth with 1.25/set. Barker had three against Stetson and totaled 12 in the tournament.
Stetson jumped out to a 1-0 lead thanks to a 25-18 win in set one, but Bucknell rolled through the next three sets to improve to 4-2 on the season. The Hatters dropped to 0-6. It was the first ever meeting between the teams.
Sophomore Sophie Bullard came through in clutch situations multiple times, finishing with 15 kills and 15 digs. A pair of freshmen had big matches as Delanie Lewis totaled nine kills and nine digs, and Anna Carroll had eight kills and seven digs.
Naina Ivanova had a solid match for Stetson with 41 assists and 13 digs. Shelby Connors had a team-high 13 kills.
Providence went on to win the tournament with a perfect 3-0 record. ECU was 2-1, Bucknell went 1-2, and Stetson wrapped up play at 0-3.
Up next for Bucknell is the Canisius Invitational, where the Bison will play Canisius, Eastern Washington, and Charlotte on Friday and Saturday.