Volleyball team drops opener to Concordia

PITTSBURGH – The Carlow University volleyball team dropped its season opener, 3-1 (25-14, 25-20, 29-27, 25-11), to Concordia University Ann Arbor, on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at St. Joseph Hall.

The Cardinals, who had already played four matches this season, came out strong in the first set. Meanwhile, the Celtics, who graduated five starters from their 2015 squad, showed the jitters of a young team in its first match.

However, Carlow adjusted and improved in each of the next two sets. The third set was a thrilling back-and-forth victory for the Celtics to force a fourth set, which head coach Julie Gaul believes will give her team some confidence heading into their next match.

Concordia setter Erica den Boer (SR/Canton, MI) led all players with 16 kills, 13 assists and 13 digs. Claire Truskowski (SR/Canton, MI) had 23 assists and eight digs, and Julie Szuba (SR/Brighton, MI) had 27 digs.

Michaela Koran (SO/North Olmsted, OH) paced the Celtics with 23 assists and eight kills. Kristina Hudock (JR/Uniontown, PA) had 10 kills and Kassidy Dickson (SO/Cochranton, PA) added eight. Mia Marmion (JR/Upper St. Clair, PA) had 11 digs and two aces. Bri Hoodlebrink (FR/Pemberville, OH) had a productive first outing, with nine digs, six kills, four assists and two aces.

The Celtics play their first USCAA matches of the season this weekend at the Penn State Beaver Tournament, beginning with the University of Maine at Fort Kent, on Friday, Aug. 26, at 5:30pm. 

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