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Falcons Move to 1-0 In Conference with Sweep of Lycoming
Posted: 9/14/2011
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Messiah opened their 2011 Commonwealth Conference schedule with a sweep of Lycoming College.

By Ben Bovenzi, GoMessiah.com reporter
Grantham, PA – Opening their Commonwealth season with a 3-0 (25-10, 25-25, 25-21) win over rival Lycoming College, the Messiah Women’s Volleyball Team have certainly made a statement on their desire to win its first ever MAC Championship.

“We’re one step closer to our goal of winning the MAC championship,” said Messiah head coach Judi Tobias, whose squad moves to 7-2 (1-0) on the season. “We came out exactly the way we wanted to.”

Messiah’s will to win as a team was certainly demonstrated as the outcome saw multiple stats across the roster. Tobias, in her 16th season, was delighted by their selfless play.

“We’re a team that’s lucky to have a lot of depth, and I’m proud that our ladies were able to prove their ongoing goal to win as a team.”

Messiah’s Jess Geib tallied 13 assists while freshman teammate Megan Gustafson notched seven assists of her own. Junior Ann Reck led the Falcons with six kills while Emily Hall and Lauren Rees each finished with five kills. Overall, nine different Falcons recorded kills on the night.

Defensively, Messiah had 10 different players with multiple digs and 13 total blocks from five different players. Messiah sophomore Allison Hill and senior Megan Wise each recorded seven digs while junior Lindsey King finished with six total blocks in the Falcon victory.

“We’ve had real specific things we’ve been working on and we moved in the right direction,” said Tobias. “I can’t ask for a lot more. I’m just very happy with them, I’m real content with where we’re at-to be in a good spot and I know we’ll just keep moving forward.”

Messiah will take on Susquehanna University and Moravian College at the Old Friend’s Crossover this Friday, September 16th at Messiah. After finishing up as runner-up to Moravian at the Buttermaker Classic this past weekend, Messiah looks to both improve their record and get a second chance against their rival opponent.

“I’m excited to play them again” said Tobias. “We didn’t play our very best match against them. I think we have a better shot of playing a better match against them this Friday.”

Messiah’s match vs. Susquehanna is set for 6:30 pm while the Moravian match is scheduled for 8:30 pm. Both matches will be played in the Hitchcock Arena.