Nov. 19, 2009

Courtesy of Edinboro Athletics

The Edinboro volleyball team advanced to the Atlantic Regional semifinals on Thursday afternoon with a hard-fought five-game win over Clarion.  The Fighting Scots, seeded sixth, were on the brink of elimination, down two games to one before coming back to win the last two games.  The scores were 29-27, 20-25, 19-25, 27-25 and 15-13.  Edinboro improved to 23-12, while third-seeded Clarion sees its season come to an end at 26-10.  California(Pa.) is hosting the regional at Hamer Hall.

Edinboro reaches the semifinals for the second time in three years after previously reaching the Atlantic Regional finals in 2007 before losing to California(Pa.).  The Fighting Scots had lost two of three matches to Clarion this year, including a four-game loss a week ago in the PSAC Quarterfinals.  Edinboro will now play the winner of the Lock Haven-Mercyhurst match at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Olivia Williams (left), who today was named to the All-PSAC West first team for the second straight year, led the Fighting Scots with 16 kills and 3 block solos.  Gina Boothe added 12 kills and six digs, while Brittany Slauterbeck (right) finished with 10 kills and a pair of block assists.

Megan Osysko was credited with 32 assists and six digs, while Maureen Tilert finished with 23 digs.  Angela Groshner added eight kills and seven digs.

The Fighting Scots rallied from a large deficit in the fourth game to win.  Trailing 23-15, Edinboro ran off nine straight points to take a 24-23 lead, as Williams totaled four kills in the run.  Clarion would go back up 25-24, a service error tied the match, and Slauterbeck accounted for the winning points with a pair of kills for the 27-25 win.

In the fifth and deciding game, Edinboro again came from behind, this time after trailing 12-7.  A six-point run gave Edinboro a 13-12 advantage.  Clarion tied the match at 13-13 on a kill by Kaitlyn Anderson, but a Slauterbeck kill made it 14-13, and when Clarion had an attack error, Edinboro had the 15-13 win to move on to the semifinals.