Taking on the rival California University of Pennsylvania Vulcans Tuesday, the IUP Crimson Hawks fell in straight sets in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West match. With the loss, the Crimson Hawks dropped to 20-14 (8-10 PSAC West) while the Vulcans improved to 26-6 (14-4 PSAC West).
Looking to finish out the year strong, the IUP Crimson Hawks split their weekend series Friday and Saturday with the Clarion Golden Eagles and Slippery Rock University. Against the Clarion Golden Eagles, one of the best teams in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division, the Crimson Hawks played well, remaining very close, before ultimately dropping all three sets by scores of 27-25, 25-13 and 25-23.
The Crimson Hawks bounced back from a straight set loss to Gannon Friday, by taking a 3-1 match win against Edinboro Saturday. With a record of 19-12 (7-8 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Western Conference), the Crimson Hawks look to continue their run to a possible playoff berth.
The Crimson Hawks fell in four sets to the Mercyhurst Lakers Saturday, falling to 18-11 (6-7 PSAC West) on the season. The Hawks dropped the first set 25-19 before rebounding and winning the second set 25-18. They would lose the next two sets and the match by scores of 25-21 and 28-26.
On the road Tuesday, to take on the rival California Vulcans, the IUP Crimson Hawks fell in straight sets, dropping them to 18-10 overall (6-6 PSAC West). The Vulcans were able to beat the Crimson Hawks by scores of 25-23, 29-27 and 25-17. With the win against the Crimson Hawks, the Vulcans improve to 21-4 with a 10-2 record in the PSAC West.
Taking on PSAC West opponents Slippery Rock and Clarion, Friday and Saturday at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, the Crimson Hawks split the weekend series, beating SRU, but falling to Clarion, both in straight sets. With the win Friday against SRU, the Crimson Hawks improved to 18-8, 6-4 in the PSAC West, moving them into a tie with The Rock for fourth place.
Traveling to Shepherdsville, W.Va., to take on the Shepherd Rams in a non-conference match at the Butcher Center, Tuesday, the IUP Crimson Hawks (17-8, 5-4 PSAC West) came home with a dominating performance in a 3-0 victory. The Hawks won all three sets by an identical score of 25-23.
It's all smiles with IUP's own Sarah Smiley, the freshman volleyball player who has been making big hits this year's volleyball season. Sarah Smiley is making an impact on the Crimson Hawks volleyball team. The women's volleyball team is dominating this year with a 17-8 record under Head Coach Zach Shaver.
IUP volleyball (16-8, 5-4 PSAC West) finished 2-2 at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference crossover at Slippery Rock University, Friday and Saturday, recording wins against Millersville and East Stroudsburg, but falling to Shippensburg and Lock Haven.
The IUP women’s volleyball team (14-6, 0-2 PSAC West) erased an 0-2 deficit to beat Division III powerhouse, Juniata Tuesday, at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. Led by senior right side hitter Morgan Cerveny and freshman outside hitter Lisa Kissell, who recorded 15 kills apiece, the Hawks snapped a five-match losing streak against the Eagles, who they hadn’t beaten since September 29, 2001.
The Crimson Hawks volleyball team (13-6, 0-2 PSAC West) dropped two matches this weekend to Edinboro and Gannon in their first two Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference games. Taking on Edinboro Friday, the Hawks fell to the Fighting Scots in straight sets, but didn’t go down without a fight.
IUP (13-4) fell to 15th ranked Wheeling Jesuit, 3-0, Tuesday, in a non-conference matchup at the Kovalchick Convention Athletic Complex. “They [Wheeling Jesuit] are a very good team,” IUP Head Coach Zach Shaver said. “They’re ranked 15th for a reason.
The Crimson Hawks walked away with two wins Friday and one Saturday at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Crossover Weekend tournament, defeating Kutztown 3-1, Cheyney 3-0 and West Chester 3-1. In the afternoon game against Kutztown, a kill and an ace by sophomore outside hitter/libero Lauren Hester helped the Hawks begin with a 5-1 lead.
The Hawks traveled to Canton, Ohio, Tuesday, to take on Malone University, a “very solid team, offensively and defensively,” according to IUP Head Coach Zach Shaver. IUP lost to the Pioneers, 3-0, but they continue to play solid, competitive volleyball.
The Crimson Hawks volleyball team kept up their hot streak to start the season, finishing the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference/West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference crossover event 3-1. The Hawks now sit at 10-2 on the season.
It may be early in the season, but the IUP women’s volleyball team looks like they are in for a competive year. Having just completed a 4-0 weekend at the Wildcat Invitational at the University of Wilmington, in New Castle, Del., the Crimson Hawks now sit at 7-1 overall.
The IUP women’s volleyball team took three of four matches over the weekend in the Crimson Hawks Invitational, presented by the Holiday Inn, at the KCAC. IUP squared off against Le Moyne on Friday morning. The Hawks got off to a fast start, taking an early 9-3 lead, led by sophomore Elizabeth Sova and her pair of service aces.
The IUP volleyball team split its weekend PSAC crossover in Millersville Saturday, taking the first match against Millersville in four sets and later dropping their match against Lock Haven in three sets.
IUP enters this week’s pivotal matchup against Clarion with the news that they’re seventh in the first regional rankings of the year. Seventh isn’t the place that any team wants to be this time of the year.