Volleyball opens with win

Cory Geer, Sports Editor

The Pitt-Johnstown Women’s volleyball team opened Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference play with two-home victories.

Devan Orr said that it was important to start hot in conference play.

“Every game counts and winning our first two games was great. We love having the support of our home fans,” said Orr.

Sept. 22 the Mountain Cats defeated Edinboro University in five sets.

The Mountain Cats won the opening set 25-16. Delany Roman pushed the Mountain Cats an early 8-4 lead, thanks to a service ace. Pitt-Johnstown closed out the first set thanks to kills from Maura Brehl and Noelle Carota.

Edinboro won the next two sets, with the Mountain Cats back against the wall in the fourth set, they rolled to a lopsided, 25-9 victory to force the fifth set.

The fifth set Pitt-Johnstown and Edinboro Univeristy traded the lead three times. With the score tied at 14, the Mountain Cats got a kill from Wierman and sealed the 16-14 victory on a Figting scots’ attack error.

“They are a team that doesn’t give up, but so are we. Anything can happen in the fifth set because it goes to 15 instead of 25. We had to focus and not take any point for granted,” said Orr.

Sept. 23 the Mountain Cats defeated Slippery Rock University in four sets to improve their record to 12-3 overall and 2-0 in conference.

Pitt-Johnstown took the first set 25-21. However, Slippery Rock took an early 13-10 lead.

Wierman led the Mountain Cats back to a 15-14 lead thanks to back-to-back kills and Kendall Mahoney’s kill wrapped-up the 25-21 victory.

In the second set, Slippery Rock jumped out to a 13-10 lead, this time though Slippery Rock held off a late Pitt-Johnstown run to even the match at one set apiece with a 25-23 victory.

In the third set, the Mountain Cats took control early thanks to a Carota kill and Mahony service ace. The Mountain Cats never trailed in the fourth set, winning 25-14.

The Mountain Cats didn’t look back in the fourth and final set defeating Slippery Rock 25-12.
After the game the Mountain Cat players and coaches signed the composite floor.