Photo by Robert Cifone
PITTSBURGH --- Despite two strong sets early in the match,
Carlow University lost, 3-2, to Penn State Greater Allegheny
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
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
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
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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