Nov. 20, 2008

CALIFORNIA, Pa. – The Lock Haven University volleyball team (29-5) turned in a solid NCAA tournament opening performance as the Lady Eagles rolled past Mercyhurst University (21-15) 3-0 in NCAA D-II Atlantic Region action.

Lock Haven, playing as the tournament’s four-seed was firing on all cylinders as it cruised past fifth-seeded MU 25-22, 25-1 and 25-22.

The Haven’s huge win in game-two set the tone for the win as the Lady Eagles advance to tomorrow’s Regional Semifinal. They will play at 7 p.m., against the winner of the California (Pa.) University and Elizabeth City State match.

Tonight marked the third meeting this season between LHU and the Lakers as each team had won once. Their most recent meeting came just six days ago when the two faced off in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Semifinals with The Haven winning in straight sets.

Leading they for LHU was PSAC East Player of the Year Stacey Borgia (Factoryville, Pa./Lackawanna Trail), who’s strong play has carried over into the post-season.

Borgia was on fire offensively tonight as she racked up a match-high 12 kills, while hitting a sensational .800. She also led the team in digs with 15.

PSAC East first-teamer Juliana Nasceimento (Guarulhos, Brazil/Seward Community C.C.) had a strong night for the Lady Eagles as well. She knocked down nine kills and hit .368 to help pace LHU’s potent offense.

Christie Naumann (Charters Towers, Australia/Gladstone) turned in a solid performance all over the court for the crimson and white. She had nine kills and five aces, which proved to be a huge key for LHU. Naumann also had nine digs.

Haley Gribler (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy), the PSAC Rookie of the Year added a seven-kill effort.

Fabiana Gomez (Montevideo, Uruguay/Consego de. E.S.) led all players with 34 assists. She also had six digs and three kills.

With the win LHU takes a one game advantage in the all-time series with Mercyhurst (7-6).

LHU is back in action tomorrow at Cal’s Hamer Hall when the Lady Eagles take on the winner of the Cal (Pa.)-Elizabeth City match. Cal is the tournament’s No. 1 seed. Tomorrow’s Regional Semifinal is set for 7 p.m. Slippery Rock and Wheeling Jesuit meet in the 5 p.m. semifinal tomorrow.