Nov. 19, 2010

Courtesy of California University (PA)

EDINBORO, Pa. - The California University of Pennsylvania volleyball team extended its win streak over IUP to 14 matches with a 3-0 sweep (25-15, 25-22, 25-23) at McComb Fieldhouse on Friday evening in the first round of the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Tournament.

With the victory, the Vulcans improve to 22-12 overall this season and will face the winner of Edinboro-Lock Haven tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the regional semifinals. Meanwhile, the Crimson Hawks finish the season at 21-11 overall after making their first NCAA Tournament since 2006.

Sophomore Brandy Harris (Bedford, Pa./Bedford) posted a team-high 14 kills while hitting at a season-best .542 clip. Classmates Meghan Franz (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Seneca Valley) and Kelly Fromknecht (Erie, Pa./McDowell) finished with 11 and eight kills, respectively, while freshman Molly Delaney (Carmel, Ind./Westfield) added seven kills. Junior setter Kortney Eshleman (Greencastle, Pa./Greencastle) and Fromknecht directed the offense with a combined 43 assists with Eshleman recorded a team-high 23.

On defense, junior Sara McMullen (State College, Pa./State College) led four players in double-digit digs with 16 on Friday. Seniors Julie Paronish (Hastings, Pa./Northern Cambria) and Arica Smith (Mansfield, Pa./Mansfield) tallied 15 kills and 11 each, while sophomore Chelsea Wilson (Bellwood, Pa./Bellwood Antis) contributed 10 digs.

Cal U has won 10-consecutive matches en route to claiming three-straight Atlantic Regional titles, as its last NCAA post-season loss came on Nov. 11, 2006.

In the other first-round matches on Friday, fourth-seeded Edinboro rallied for a 3-1 win over Gannon; top-seeded Clarion swept Chowan by a 3-0 count.