MORRISTOWN, N.J. – The Penn State Abington women's volleyball team won in dramatic fashion in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play Wednesday night, taking a 3-2 (25-22, 25-21, 20-25, 18-25, 16-14) final over College of St. Elizabeth (10-3, 2-2 NEAC). It was the closest match of the year for both teams.
The Screaming Eagles of St. Elizabeth lost the first two sets but rallied to win the third and fourth sets and fought back to tie the fifth set. The Lady Lions (9-3, 3-1 NEAC) pushed through for the final two points with a crucial NEAC win, 3-2 in the two-hour match.
Abington managed to jump ahead two sets to none in the opening round, however the Screaming Eagles refused to roll over and opened a 10-5 lead before taking the 25-20 decision.
The strong play continued throughout the fourth set, putting down three consecutive kills to set up a 5-2 set lead. Two service rotations later, CSE combined for a block and a kill and opened up a 11-4 advantage which eventually led to the 25-18 win for the Screaming Eagles.
In the final set, the Lady Lions took a 4-2 lead. CSE managed to even up the score before Abington got into its strongest rotation midway through the set and ran off three consecutive kills to take a 13-8 lead. But a pair of hitting errors brought CSE closer and several kills later the Screaming Eagles clawed their way back to make it even at 14. Abington pushed forward for the final two points and the win.
Abby Millan finished the match with 19 kills and 17 digs, her fifth double-double of the season. Johangelie Thomas added her 10 kills and eight assists, while teammate Kate Schalck contributed 12 kills, three blocks, and three aces.
The Lady Lions will host a four-team quad-match on Saturday against Rutgers-Camden, Arcadia University, and York College (N.Y.). The first match is slated for 10 a.m.
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Information courtesy of Jeff Dobbin, Penn State Abington Sports Information Director