Aug. 31, 2012
9/1/12: Updated with stats
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Jessica Serrato (Millbrae, Calif./Saint Ignatius College Prep) registered 17 kills as Bucknell volleyball defeated Robert Morris in four sets in the first match of the Duquesne/Robert Morris Invitational on Friday night. The Bison (3-2) were 25-20, 25-15, 18-25, 25-21 winners over the Colonials. Bucknell resumes play tomorrow at Duquesne against Loyola (Md.) at 3 p.m. and the Dukes at 7 p.m.
Bucknell has now won each of its last four matches against Robert Morris (0-4). The Bison also improve to 5-0 all-time in four-set matches against the Colonials. Each of Bucknell's three wins this season have also come in four sets.
"We had a pretty incredible blocking night. This is one of the best blocking teams I've had in quite a long time," said head coach Cindy Opalski. "Robert Morris had a pretty fast offense so we were able to key in some of the players and really do a nice job with our block. Blocking was a big focus in practice every day this week so it was nice to see that we were able to make that transition."
Bucknell beat Robert Morris on the blocking front 17-9. Karen Campbell (Chesapeake, Va./Cape Henry Collegiate) led all players with 10 blocks, including three solos, and Kebah Edoho (Odenton, Md./Arundel) added six total blocks. Also on the defensive end, Morgan Mientus (Chicago, Ill./Saint Ignatius College Prep) finished with 21 digs, giving her at least 20 in three of her last four matches.
"Serrato had a great night," said Opalski, who also complimented middle hitters Edoho and Campbell on their play up front that opened up the offensive options for Serrato.
Serrato's 17 kills was a season high for the junior. Edoho and Claire Healy (Tiburon, Calif./Saint Ignatius College Prep) also had eight kills apiece while hitting better than .300
Bucknell will open its Saturday with a matchup against Loyola at 3 p.m. and a chance to even the all-time series with the Greyhounds at six wins apiece. The Bison have won each of the last two meetings against their future Patriot League foes. Bucknell then caps off the tournament with a 7 p.m. showdown with Duquesne, a team that entered the weekend with a 3-1 record and that has won each of the last five meetings with the Bison.