Sept. 29, 2008
LEWISBURG, Pa. -
Bucknell volleyball returns home after splitting a pair of Patriot League matches at Navy and American. With a convincing victory over Navy under their belts, the Bison (5-10, 1-1) will play in front of their home crowd in Davis Gym on Tuesday night to face off against St. Francis (N.Y.). The match is slated for a 7 p.m. start.
The volleyball team is also hosting its first EEK (Empowering Everyone's Kids) Night, beginning at 6:45 p.m. The first 150 kids in attendance at the match will receive free t-shirts. Created to develop a stronger relationship between Bucknell volleyball and the Lewisburg community, EEK seeks to increase opportunities for mentorship and to spark interest in the sport of volleyball. The event is co-sponsored by Bucknell Public Safety and Dining Services.
BISON VOLLEYBALL NOTEBOOK
About the Opponent
St. Francis (N.Y.) is coming off a tough weekend at the Dartmouth Tournament and dropped its record to 0-18. Leaders for the Terriers include seniors Detelina Dimitrova who has registered a team-high 105 kills (1.98/set) in 2008 and Toni Rich with 209 assists (3.94/set). Defensively, the squad relies on senior Diana Colon and sophomore Liliana Rodriguez. Colon's 20 blocks (0.38/set) and Rodriguez's 221 digs (4.17/set) are best on the team.
Bucknell is undefeated against St. Francis having won each of its 11 matches since the series began in 1986. The two last met in 2006 in Brooklyn, N.Y., with the Bison coming away with the 3-0 win. Bucknell benefited from a deeper bench that allowed it to hit .361 for the match. As a sophomore, Liz Hazuka totaled 12 kills while newcomer Lindsay Smith hit a Bison-best .600 with nine kills two years ago.
Last Time Out
The Orange and Blue opened its Patriot League schedule on Friday with a 3-0 win over Navy. It was the first Bucknell win over the Midshipmen since 2006 when the Bison took the regular season-ending match 3-1 in Annapolis, Md.
Sophomore Kaitlin Segal led the 2008 attack with 16 kills. Shannon Pitsch chipped in with 33 assists to push her over the 300 mark for 2008. She now has 321 assists on the season.
The Bison came out of the gates quickly against a tough American squad on Saturday but stumbled, falling 3-0. Senior Sheena Czipri kept up her comeback at libero by totaling a team-high seven digs in the match, bringing her to 16 for the weekend.
Sophomore Heidi Kamp continued her consistent play throughout the weekend. After finishing second on the team with nine kills at Navy, she repeated with nine more at American a day later. Her weekend average of .433 was highest on the team. The Oregon native also added three blocks in two matches.
After breaking the career assists record a week ago, Pitsch continues to move her way up in the career record books. In nearly four years at Bucknell, the senior setter has accumulated 124 service aces and is just five away from moving into fifth place.
After its brief hiatus from Patriot League play, Bucknell will face off against Army and Holy Cross. The matchup with Army is slotted for 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3 in West Point, N.Y. The Crusaders of Holy Cross then host the Bison at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4 in Worcester, Mass.