Celtics beat Brandywine to reach USCAA bracket play

Kristin Seamon -

The Carlow volleyball team finished pool play at the USCAA National Championship Tournament with a win against Penn State Brandywine, on Friday, Nov. 10.

The Celtics took a 2-1 (28-26, 25-27, 15-8) victory behind an 11-kill performance by Kristina Hudock (SR/Uniontown, Pa.), who was named a USCAA First-Team All-American at the tournament banquet the night before.

Michaela Koran (JR/North Olmsted, Ohio), who was named a USCAA Second-Team All-American, had 22 assists. Mia Marmion (SR/Upper St. Clair, Pa.) had 16 digs and Elizabeth Stadelman (SR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) had two blocks.

The first two sets were back-and-forth, but Carlow jumped to a 4-0 lead in the third set and didn’t look back.

The Celtics needed the win to stay alive in the tournament, following three opening losses.

On Thursday, they fell to Maine Fort Kent, 2-1 (25-19, 18-25, 15-13) and defending champion Florida National, 2-0 (25-16, 25-13). On Friday morning, they fell 2-1 to Illinois Tech (set scores and stats not yet available).

By beating Brandywine, Carlow earned a spot in the tournament quarterfinals. The Celtics face St. Mary of the Woods, who went a perfect 4-0 in pool play, at 5pm. 

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