Volleyball hangs tough with USCAA DII powerhouse Penn State Fayette

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PITTSBURGH - Carlow University volleyball lost, 3-1, to USCAA opponent Penn State Fayette in an otherwise evenly matched game Tuesday.

The Celtics (6-6, 0-3 RSC, 6-3 USCAA) put the first point on the board and rolled on to take the first set, 25-23, only giving up the lead once. Carlow hit .522 compared to Fayette's .290 in the set.

The Lions (14-2) put three quick points on the board in the second set before Carlow won a big rally to even the game. The teams traded leads, but once Fayette hit double digits they kept piling it on, winning 25-15.

The Lions led for most of the third set, with Carlow taking an 18-17 lead late. It was short-lived, however, and Fayette rallied to win the third set, 25-21. Despite losing the set, Carlow out-hit the Lions, .214 to .140.

Down 2-1, Carlow gained momentum in the fourth set, taking an early lead and feeding off the energy of the crowd in St. Joe's. Fayette slowly started to chip away at that lead, tying the game nine times before eking out the win, 25-23.

Junior Cache Street (Wilmerding, Pa.) led the Celtics' offense with 13 kills, and freshman Katie Tarasovich (Cranberry Twp., Pa.) also added double-digit kills with 12.

Sabrina Skukalek (FR/Sewickley, Pa.) earned all of Carlow's assists on the night, and Ellie Cook (FR/Connellsville, Pa.) had 10 digs.
Carlow travels to Indiana University Southeast for a River States Conference game at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4. Links to live coverage can be found at https://bit.ly/VB_19.

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