Hood 3, Penn State Harrisburg 1
(26-24, 25-18, 16-25, 25-21)
Sheaffer, Ammerman, Waring, Wolf, Miller, Kon, Hossler (L)
Belella, Ro. Reus, Zinaich, Jaque, Hutchinson, Kite, Re. Reus (L)
How It Happened
The inability to hold leads early in sets cost Penn State Harrisburg in the team's 3-1 loss to Hood at Lower Dauphin High School on Friday night, Oct. 12. The Blue & White fell by set scores of 26-24, 25-18, 16-25 and 25-21.
The Lions (9-13) jumped out to 2-0, 3-0 and 3-0 advantages in each of the first three sets but emerged victorious in just one of them. Harrisburg held a 24-20 lead late in the first game thanks to blocks by Victoria Sweatlock and Alexandra Kon but the Blazers (12-9) rallied off six points in a row to complete the comeback and take the opening set.
The home team held a 12-7 lead midway through the second game after Brittany Wolf recorded back-to-back service aces but Hood put together a momentum-shifting 12-1 run that a pair of Penn State Harrisburg timeouts was unable to slow en route to a victory in the second game.
The Blue & White finally put it all together in the third set, keeping a foot on the gas pedal and prohibiting the Blazer run that turned the tide of the first two games. The Lions jumped out to a 17-9 advantage, kept the pressure on and eventually took the set when Cheyanna Buckingham hammered home a swing off a Kristin Waring assist.
Set four was a back-and-forth affair until the midway point when Hood scored four consecutive points to go ahead 17-11. Harrisburg fought back and eventually cut the deficit to 20-18 thanks to an attack error by the Blazers but the visitors responded with four points in a row before holding off the Lions' last-ditch attempt in the closing moments.
Inside the Numbers
- Hood hit .163 as a team, while the Lions managed a .156 attack percentage.
- Service errors hurt Penn State Harrisburg, as the team misfired on 11 attempts.
- The Blue & White was solid at the net, racking up 14 total blocks.
- Brittany Wolf had a big night, hitting .429 with a team-high 11 kills, three blocks and three aces.
- Setter Kristin Waring racked up 37 assists on the night to go along with a match-high six aces.
- Katelyn Hossler led the way on defense, finishing with 12 digs.
The Lions return to conference play when they host York (Pa.) at the Capital Union Building on Wednesday night.