ALTOONA, Pa. - The Franciscan University of Steubenville volleyball team defeated host Penn State- Altoona 25-17, 25-16, 25-14 Wednesday. The Lady Barons have won four out of their last five matches and four straight Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference matches.
"You want your team to peek at the right time of the season," head coach Kelly Herrmann said. "Early in the season you have to be willing to try different things and challenge the girls in different ways. It's a marathon, not a sprint."
The Lady Barons season has been highlighted by their stout defense. That was no different against the Lions as Sam Kelly had 19 digs, Maria Prezzia 11 digs, and Christina Lawrence 10 digs.
The Lady Barons also showed quality ball movement to set up their offensive juggernauts such as Anna Cain and Dani Link. Cain had 14 kills and Link recorded 12. Link also showcased her serving, totaling seven aces in the match.
Herrmann talked about her team's mentality going into the final stretch of the season.
"You have to keep moving forward. Now we're playing well and have a lot of little things ironed out. Everyone feels confident and we are playing well between our setters and hitters," Herrmann said. "Everybody on the court are good women and they work hard. There is a lot to be said about the selflessness of this team."
The Lady Barons (11-13, 4-2) visit Buffalo Saturday to play in a tri-match against D'Youville College and SUNY Canton University.
Soccer teams lose
ALTOONA, Pa. - The FUS women's and men's soccer teams lost to Penn State-Altoona Wednesday.
The women lost, 3-2, despite having multiple shot opportunities and controlling possession of the ball most of the game.
The men dropped a 6-0 decision.
Sophomore Ashley Ruttencutter scored both goals for the Barons.
"We continued to dominate the game and control the possession of the game," FUS head coach Johann Marin said. "They created opportunities, however, we are still failing to convert these opportunities that we're creating."
The Lions scored the final and deciding goal of the game in 85th minute.
Marin said sophomores Julia Cocozza, Bethany Potvin and Katie Roemer, with freshman Lauren Noce all had good games and continued to create opportunities. This was Potvin's first game back after being out most of the season with an injury.
"Bethany was one of those players who had so many opportunities and she really did an amazing job out there today," Marin said. "We are really glad to have her back."
Lady Barons goalkeeper Lauren Koath had five saves.
"I'm proud of my girls, they really did well today and all in all it was a good performance from us," Marin said. "We are very disappointed in the results but we've improved so much his year and will continue to grow and look forward to finishing on a good note."
The Lady Barons (3-11-3, 1-5-2) visit the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford at 1 p.m. Saturday.
For the men, offensive turnovers in the 28th and 30th minutes resulted in two quick goals for the Lions, which left the Barons trying to regain the advantage.
"When our defense pushes up to support the attack, they become vulnerable to a counterattack," head coach Ward Rogers said, "We turned the ball over, the other team played the long ball quickly up the field, and that put us in a man vs. man position. It was individual effort on their part.
"We had some really nice play going forward and we had a couple of chances to score, their goalkeeper made a couple of really nice saves. In all these cases, we built the play very well but couldn't get the final pass to make the shot on goal.
"Overall, despite the score, the guys really stayed in the game. They never got to the point where they weren't trying to score. Sometimes when you're really trying to score it leaves you vulnerable on the defensive side of the game, but we really never quit, we were just trying as hard as we could to get goals."
The Barons visit the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford at 3 p.m. Saturday.