BRADFORD, Pa. – The Penn State Altoona women's volleyball team capped its 2019 regular season schedule with a 3-1 loss to Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent Pitt-Bradford on Saturday afternoon in the KOA Arena.
Penn State Altoona (11-11, 7-3 AMCC) lost the opening set 25-19 before bouncing back to defeat Pitt-Bradford (16-12, 8-2 AMCC) 25-16 in the second set. But the home team recorded a 25-20 win in the third set and a 25-21 victory in the fourth set to close out the match.
Lydia Mock (Alum Bank, PA/Chestnut Ridge) led Penn State Altoona with 13 kills, 21 digs, and one service ace. Jenna Bauer (Ebensburg, PA/Central Cambria) posted 11 kills and 13 digs, and Lauren Diller (Chambersburg, PA/Chambersburg) had nine kills, 15 digs, and two block assists.
Kayla Moran (Boalsburg, PA/State College) tallied a team-high 21 assists while chipping in nine digs and a pair of kills. Lexie Dorcon (Berlin, PA/Berlin Brothersvalley) stepped into the second setter role, accumulating 14 assists to go along with five digs.
Kristin Wineland (Altoona, PA/Altoona) totaled a career-high 12 digs for Penn State Altoona. Alexis Cannistraci (Tyrone, PA/Tyrone) had a team-best five block assists while adding five kills, and Lilia Farach (Tegucigalpa, Honduras/International School of Panama) had four block assists and five kills. Sara Russo (Lebanon, PA/Cedar Crest) posted one solo block and three block assists while adding four kills.
After Penn State Altoona scored the first three straight points of the opening set on kills from Mock and Russo, Pitt-Bradford eventually established a 5-4 lead and never relinquished it for the remainder of the set. Up 23-19, the Lady Panthers ended the set on back-to-back blocks.
Penn State Altoona answered in the second set, jumping out to a 7-1 lead that was helped by kills from Diller and Bauer, blocks from Diller and Russo, and an ace from Mock. Later, the Lady Lions held a 21-9 lead, en route to a nine-point win in the set.
Pitt-Bradford responded by pulling out a tight third set. Penn State Altoona led 19-18 following a Bauer kill, but the home team scored the next five points to jump ahead 23-19. After a block from Cannistraci and Farach pulled the Lady Lions to within three, Pitt-Bradford got a kill and an ace to finish the set and retake the lead in the match.
In the fourth set, Pitt-Bradford grabbed a lead early in the game and built a 16-10 advantage midway through, helped by a 5-0 run. Kills from Bauer and Farach narrowed Penn State Altoona's deficit to 17-15, and later, kills from Diller and Mock kept the difference at two points, 22-20. But Pitt-Bradford proceeded to score three of the next four points to close out the match.
Now, Penn State Altoona women's volleyball will turn its attention to the upcoming AMCC Tournament. With the loss today, the Lady Lions are out of contention for the second seed and a first round bye, and the team should host an opening round AMCC playoff match on Wednesday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m. Penn State Altoona's opponent that night is to-be-announced.