womens volleyball

Balanced Attack Leads to Win for Falcons


Davis College (4-2)251625263
Penn State Hazleton (8-4)232522241


The Davis College Falcons volleyball team outlasted visiting Penn State Hazleton Nittany Lions in 4 close sets, winning 3 to 1 on Wednesday evening.

For the first time in the program’s history, the Davis College Falcons volleyball team came in to a match ranked in the top 20 of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Coaches Poll.  Landing the number 11 spot for Division II teams, the Falcons immediately faced a tough opponent as Hazleton is currently ranked number 12 in the country and was riding a 5 game winning streak entering the contest.  Not only had Hazleton won their last 5 games, but they did not lose a single set in any of those matches.  Davis College would put an end to that set streak right away as they used 12 kills to take the first set by a score of 25-23.  Hazleton bounced back quickly and evened the match, winning set number 2 by a score of 25-16.  Sets 3 and 4 were as close as they could be with neither team backing down.  Down the stretch the Falcons were able to come up with a few more rallies than their opponent and took sets 3 (25-22) and 4 (26-24) to win the match.

Tiffany Swan (Norwich, NY) and Michaela McLeod (West Milford, NJ) led a balanced Falcons attack with 9 kills each on the night. In total, 7 Falcons had kills on the evening as Linnea Sweeney (Cortland, NY) also contributed 6 of her own.  Loryn Sanders (Chambersburg, PA) set up most of those kills as she posted 19 assists to go with 16 digs.  Erica Stockwell (Norwich, NY) led the team with 36 digs.  For Penn State Hazleton, Samaya Hornsby (Richmond, CA) had 8 of the team’s 33 kills.  Lauren Nietz (Coaldale, PA) had a team high 36 and Alessandra Banta (Coatesville, PA) contributed with 24 assists.

Penn State Hazleton falls to 8-4 as Davis College improves to 4-2 on the season.  Next up for the Falcons is a match-up with Word of Life Bible Institute on Saturday at 2:00 p.m at Davis College.