Nov. 19, 2010

Courtesy of Edinboro

- The second-seeded Edinboro volleyball team overcame a tenacious effort from seventh-seeded Lock Haven to come away with a 16-25, 30-28, 25-13, 20-25, 15-10 victory in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional on Friday night at McComb Fieldhouse. The Fighting Scots, who advanced to the regional semifinals for the second-straight year, are now 30-5 and will face third-seeded California(Pa.) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The first 333 students to arrive at Saturdays match will receive free admission.

Lock Haven, which ended its season 20-11, got off to a strong start by jumping ahead 16-7 in the first game and eventually winning 25-16. The momentum swung in the second as the two teams traded leads until late in the game. Edinboro had two match points and Lock Haven had two as well before the Fighting Scots closed out the game 30-28 on a Lock Haven hitting error.

Edinboro sustained that forward motion in the third game by winning seven of eight points to take a 15-9 lead. It kept a solid lead throughout the game and went ahead 2-1 with a 25-13 victory. The Fighting Scots appeared to be in control in the fourth game with a 14-10 lead, but Lock Haven won seven of the next eight points to take a 17-15 lead. The Lady Eagles held on for a 25-20 win to even the match at 2.

In the deciding game, the two teams played to a 7-7 tie before Angela Groshner (left) broke the game open with back-to-back kills to give Edinboro a 9-7 lead. The Fighting Scots led by as much as five and closed it out 15-10 on a Lock Haven attack error.

Edinboros offensive attack was buoyed by four players with at least 10 kills, led by Kelcie Hellmer, who had 15, as well as five total blocks. Megan Osysko added 45 assists and 13 digs, while Ellie Lininger had nine kills and a team-high 20 digs. Maureen Tilert contributed 12 digs.

Xuan Gao led the way for the Lady Eagles with 18 kills and 11 digs, while Alexa Garrity had 36 assists.