Edinboro knocks off Gannon
Scots advance to second round for third consecutive year
CALIFORNIA, Pa. – For the third consecutive season Edinboro has advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament by way of its four-set victory over Gannon (25-22, 25-22, 19-25, 25-23) Thursday evening in the Round of 64.
Fifth-seeded Edinboro (23-8) had split its season series with fourth-seed Gannon (20-12) and both teams finished the regular season with identical 14-5 records in the PSAC West.
The Fighting Scots grabbed the advantage in the Atlantic Regional quarterfinal right away, never trailing in the first set as Edinboro took the first two games of the match.
After Gannon captured the third game, however, it appeared as though the Golden Knights would force a deciding fifth set. Gannon was in control of the fourth game with a 21-15 advantage before Edinboro mounted a ferocious rally.
The Fighting Scots took advantage of several Gannon errors to chip away at the deficit, and then used the familiar combination of youth and experience in its lineup which has led to success on the year. Sophomore Seth Sullivan posted a pair of kills to even the score at 23-23 before a kill from freshman Cherene O’Hara gave Edinboro its first lead of the game at 24-23. Senior All-PSAC selections Gina Boothe and Megan Osysko then combined for the match-point as Boothe drilled a kill off an assist from Osysko to send the Scots on to the next round of play.
Boothe, who was announced as the PSAC West Athlete of the Year earlier in the day, recorded a match-best 15 kills in the victory for Edinboro. O’Hara chipped in with 13 kills of her own to go along with a .333 hitting percentage while Sullivan put in an all-around effort with 11 kills, 14 digs and three service aces.
Osysko surpassed 4,000 assists for her career in red and white with 23 during the match to go along with 12 digs. She now has 4,018 assists in four seasons, third-most in school history.
Senior Angela Groshner also checked in with 11 digs, moving into 10th all-time in the program record books with 992 in total.
|Another pair of freshmen were key as well for Edinboro as Brittany Centorbi also had 23 assists and Brittany Flynn led the Scots with 19 digs.
Lauren Sazama paced Gannon with 14 kills while Taryn Graham led all players with 20 digs for the Golden Knights.