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Messiah Stays Undefeated In Commonwealth With Three Set Win
Posted: 10/12/2011
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The Falcons moved to 14-5 in 2011, including 5-0 in the Commonwealth, with a three-set win over Arcadia on Wed.

By Ben Bovenzi Gomessiah.com Reporter
Grantham, PA- The Messiah women’s volleyball team remained unbeaten in Commonwealth play this season, as they defeated Arcadia University in three straight sets on Wednesday night.

“This is a great place to be,” said Tobias, in her 16th year coaching the Falcons. “This was one of our goals. This group is focused on our goals. We’re able to keep that in front of us and keep moving forward. They know what we need to do to get where we want to be. They’re seem to have tunnel-vision for it, which is exciting.”

After winning the first two sets with ease, the Falcons were able to play deep into their bench and give their starters some rest in the third game.

Messiah junior Lauren Rees led the Falcons with nine kills on a .467 kill percentage. Sophomore teammates Jordyn Schieb and Megan Myers each recorded five kills of their own, while 10 different Falcons had at least one kill on the night. Sophomore Jess Geib dished out 22 assists, and freshman setter Megan Gustafson made her presence known with an additional 10 assists.

Defensively, Messiah senior Megan Wise and sophomore Allison Hill led the Falcons with 13 digs and nine digs, respectively. Hill has earned praise from Messiah head coach Coach Tobias, as she has continued to demonstrate consistent play in the back row for the Falcons this season.

“Allison has the potential to make a positive difference for this team each night,” stated Tobias. “She’s an exciting player and continues to demonstrate her commitment to her teammates. She’s working more each day and getting better which is great to see, especially as a sophomore. She’s a part of a core group of younger players who we’re very excited to see stay in this program.”

Battling Arcadia back and forth in the third set, Messiah overcame various deficits and won the game, in turn winning the match and putting them at 5-0 in the Commonwealth standings.

“I think we’ve demonstrated (overcoming adversity in a match) many times throughout the year,” said Tobias, “it’s good that we can do that, getting ourselves out of a hole.”

Messiah, who moves to 14-5 (5-0) with Wednesday’s win, next plays this Saturday, October 15, as part of Messiah’s Homecoming Day. Volleyball will host St. Mary's College at 11:00 a.m., followed by field hockey (1:00 p.m., Widener), women’s soccer (3:00 p.m., LVC), and men’s soccer (6:00 p.m., LVC).

Saturday's volleyball game is also the Falcons’ Dig for the Cause game, with the team raising funds and awareness for the continued search for a cure for cancer.