Sept. 15, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bison volleyball closed out the Bucknell Tournament with a second consecutive three-set victory on Saturday night, winning 25-16, 26-24, 25-16 over Quinnipiac at Davis Gym. Jessica Serrato (Millbrae, Calif./Saint Ignatius College Prep) registered a team-best 11 kills and was ultimately named to the All-Tournament Team along with Karen Campbell (Chesapeake, Va./Cape Henry Collegiate). Bucknell is now 6-7 on the year heading into Patriot League play next weekend.
After three matches and two wins, Serrato tallied 29 kills (3.22/set) and 21 digs (2.33/set). The kills total was a weekend high for the Bison, while her digs total was second only to Morgan Mientus (Chicago, Ill./Saint Ignatius College Prep).
Against Quinnipiac (1-8), Serrato's 11 kills came with an efficient .478 attack percentage as she went without an error on 23 attempts. Campbell totaled five kills and four blocks against the Bobcats, bringing her weekend total to 15 kills and 10 blocks. The Bison freshman has now been named to the all-tournament team in three of four early-season events, including the La Salle Invitational and Duquesne/Robert Morris Invitational.
Joining the two Bison on the All-Tournament Team were Fordham's Randi Ewing and Brennan Delsing, Quinnipiac's Brittanie Robinson and Chandler Thornton and Providence's Cassie Muzzonigro. Fordham went 3-0 on the weekend, while Bucknell was 2-1, Quinnipiac 1-2 and Providence 0-3.
Bucknell's first- and third-set wins against Quinnipiac were its most convincing. With the exception of trailing 1-0 in the first, the Bison maintained an advantage of at least a few points throughout play. The Bobcats made the second set interesting, however. Kebah Edoho (Odenton, Md./Arundel) and Hannah Young (McConnellsburg, Pa./Broadfording Christian Academy (Md.)) combined for a block and made the score 12-8 in favor of the Bison. Quinnipiac then grabbed the next six points on Robinson's serve to take a 14-12 edge.
Bucknell went on a mini-run of its own to regain the lead and, although Quinnipiac tied the set six times before the final point, the Bobcats never really found themselves in control again. Kills by Edoho twice gave the Bison set point before the frame finally went in Bucknell's favor on a Quinnipiac error.
Bucknell hit .304 in the first set before dipping to .156 in the second. The Bison rebounded in the third, getting their attack percentage back up to .367 in the final set. Quinnipiac's percentage hovered around .100 for the night. The Bobcats eventually finished at .078 for the match compared to .271 for the Bison.
Both teams finished with six total team blocks. While Campbell led the Bison with four, Quinnipiac's Bonnie Conklin had five and Taylor Payne added another four. Also on the defensive end, Mientus had 11 digs to lead all players.
Earlier in the day, Bucknell defeated Providence in straight sets. The victory earned Cindy Opalski the 400th of her coaching career. Now in her 27th season, she is 401-382.
Bucknell will return to action next Friday when it makes the trip to Lafayette for their Patriot League opener. Play begins at 7 p.m. in Easton, Pa.