Volleyball now 2-1 in RSC


Photo by Katie Williams

Sophomore middle hitter Jazlyn Rozier watches on from the bench during the teams matchup against Washington and Jefferson earlier this year. The team is coming off an undefeated conference play weekend in which they faced Midway University and Asbury University.

Written By Dara Collins, Co-Sports Editor

The women’s volleyball team sacrificed one set out of their last seven and now boast a modest winning streak ahead of another River States Conference (RSC) road weekend.

The team began the week with a non-conference matchup against Washington and Jefferson College last Tuesday. The Pioneers swept the Presidents at home finishing 25-17, 25-16 and 25-14.

Point Park improved its season-best hitting percentage to .375 with 46 kills to Washington and Jefferson’s 20. Senior right-side hitter Ashley Taylor dominated the net with 19 kills and also chipped in five digs, two blocks and two service aces. The Pioneers collected 11 aces total.

“Even though we missed a few serves, I think our serving was very aggressive,” freshman defensive specialist Ashley Castelli said. “We got [Washington and Jefferson] out of system almost every time, so it was harder for them to get a good kill on us.”

Senior outside hitter Erica Gumz added nine kills, senior outside hitter Jordan Dixon put down eight and picked up 11 digs. Senior libero Morgan Dangelo and junior setter Julia Menosky recorded seven digs apiece.

The Pioneers packed the buses for a conference road weekend with matches slated against Midway University and Asbury University. Midway handed the Pioneers their only loss of the weekend last Friday.

Point Park dropped the first set of the match 17-25. The team failed to put down many kills and finished the set with 11 hitting errors. The slow start snapped in the second set with a 13-1 run by the Pioneers, and they never let up.

The green and gold finished the final three sets 25-10, 25-18 and 25-20.

The stat sheet boasted a number of double-doubles including Dixon with 13 kills and 16 digs, Taylor with 13 kills and 12 digs and Menosky with 36 assists and 19 digs. Sophomore middle hitter Jada Jones racked up seven blocks against the Eagles.

The Pioneers finished the weekend with a sweep against Asbury last Saturday, shutting down the Eagles’ seven-match winning streak to continue their own.

Senior middle hitter Destiny Tucker returned for the court after an injury kept her on the sidelines for a few matches. Tucker tied for the team-high in kills at eight and also tallied five blocks. Menosky finished with her second double-double of the weekend with 31 assists and 11 digs and Dangelo led the defense with 15 digs.

“We realized that if we can sweep Asbury in three and play that way all the time, then there’s no reason why we shouldn’t win the rest of the conference,” Taylor said.

The Pioneers ended the road weekend second in the RSC East Division, and their record stands at 9-6 overall, 2-1 RSC. Point Park returns to the road this weekend to play University of Rio Grande on Friday and West Virginia University Tech on Saturday.