Sept. 1, 2012
PITTSBURGH - Bucknell volleyball fell just shy of an undefeated run through the Duquesne/Robert Morris Invitational after falling 3-0 to a tough Duquesne team at the A.J. Palumbo Center on Saturday night. Despite the 25-18, 25-22, 25-22 loss, the Bison (4-3) placed Jessica Serrato (Millbrae, Calif./Saint Ignatius College Prep) and Karen Campbell (Chesapeake, Va./Cape Henry Collegiate) on the All-Tournament Team. It was Campbell's second consecutive all-tournament nod this season.
Serrato recorded her third straight match with double-digit kills against the Dukes (7-1). After tallying 12 in Bucknell's four-set win against Loyola (Md.) earlier in the day, the junior posted 13 more against Duquesne. She also had a double-double, adding a team-best 17 digs.
Through three matches, Serrato totaled 42 kills (3.82/set) and a .237 attack percentage. She also had 34 digs and six blocks.
Campbell, who had seven kills against Duquesne, earned her second all-tournament honor on the strength of her defense. The freshman registered 13 blocks, including four solos, on the weekend. Ten of those total blocks came last night against Robert Morris.
"I thought it was a terrific tournament for us in terms of feedback, telling us what we're doing well and what we need to work on," said head coach Cindy Opalski. "Our blocking seems to improve every time we step on the floor."
Also making a major impact defensively was Morgan Mientus (Chicago, Ill./Saint Ignatius College Prep). She joined Serrato at the front of the pack in digs against Duquesne, notching 15. She finished the tournament with 48 (4.36/set) and now has 122 on the season, already surpassing her season totals for each of her first two campaigns in the Orange and Blue.
"Everybody needs a stabilizer, somebody who puts you in a position to win," said Opalski. "I think Morgan has been that person for us. The first two weekends she's been a terrific stabilizer and the person defensively who has made us go."
Bucknell continued to find balance within its offense against Duquesne. Following Serrato's 13 kills, Claire Healy (Tiburon, Calif./Saint Ignatius College Prep) and Campbell each had seven. Campbell also finished with a .429 attack percentage in the match.
While the Bison continued to improve their kills-to-errors ratio from past tournaments, Duquesne topped Bucknell on the attack on Saturday. The Dukes finished at a .281 clip, while the Bison came in at .208.
Bucknell has two more weeks of tournament play before heading into Patriot League competition. The Bison will next be at the Rose Hill Classic, hosted by Fordham Sept. 7-8. Bucknell will face off against Cornell, Stony Brook and the host Rams in Bronx, N.Y.