Greater Allegheny volleyball extends win streak to 11 with win over Celtics

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PITTSBURGH --- Despite two strong sets early in the match, Carlow University lost, 3-2, to Penn State Greater Allegheny Tuesday.

The Celtics were 8-0 all-time against the Lions coming into tonight's match, including two wins earlier this season. The Lions (14-7) had a 10-game win streak on the line, which they extended to 11 with the win over Carlow (6-9, 6-4 USCAA).

It looked as though Greater Allegheny would run away with the first set, but the Celtics persevered. Head coach Julie Gaul called a timeout with the team down 14-8 and it got the Celtics moving again.

Juniors Taylor Gent (Springdale, Pa.) and Haley Chiusano (Pittsburgh, Pa.) were all over the floor, picking up 14 and 13 digs respectively over the course of the match. The Celtics as a team kept a number of close plays going.

It came down to win by two, and the Lions prevailed, winning the first set, 27-25.

Carlow took the next two sets, 25-22 and 25-20, hitting .256 in the second set.

It was a back and forth game in the fourth set, with the teams exchanging leads throughout the game. Penn State won a big rally to swing the momentum their way, but the Celtics battled back from a deficit to tie the game five times before falling, 25-22.

The Lions handled the final set easily, hitting .280 and winning, 15-11.

Freshman Ellie Cook (Connellsville, Pa.) had a day, hitting .409 with 14 kills and 16 digs. Cache Street (JR/Wilmerding, Pa.) led the team with 16 kills, and Katie Tarasovich (FR/Cranberry Twp., Pa.) put up a double-double 14 kills and 10 digs.

The Celtics are on the road facing conference opponents for the remainder of the month. Carlow returns to action in St. Joe's on Nov. 1 against Asbury (Ky.) University at 7 p.m.

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