Susquehanna Volleyball Advances to Round Two of the NCAA Tournament

Junior Sydney Portale notches her 1,000th career kill while senior Lindsey Pugh breaks Susquehanna single season assists record.
Junior Sydney Portale notches her 1,000th career kill while senior Lindsey Pugh breaks Susquehanna single season assists record.

Courtesy of Susquehanna Athletic Communications

BALTIMORE, Md. – The Susquehanna University volleyball team took down the Titans of Westminster (Pa.) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament 3-0 on Friday afternoon to advance to the second round. This is the first NCAA Tournament win in program history.
 
Susquehanna 3, Westminster 0
 
How It Happened

  • The River Hawks (32-6) were able to combine for 42 kills to Westminster's (22-7) 25, to claim a 3-0 victory.
  • In the first set, Susquehanna dominated the Titans in the 25-18 set victory.
  • SU again dominated set two 25-15 as they tallied 18 kills and a .533 attack percentage. Junior Sydney Portale notched six kills in set two including her 1,000th career kill.
  • The Titans and River Hawks went back-and-forth during the third set, but Susquehanna pulled away after gaining a 14-12 lead.
  • The River Hawks 25-18 set victory was led by Lindsey Pugh as she contributed 13 assists making her the single season assists leader at Susquehanna with 1,261 assists and counting.

 
Inside the Box Score

  • Portale led the match in kills with 14 while Rosina Esposito and Kody Dillon had seven and six respectively.
  • Junior libero Lizzie Herestofa lead the match with 15 digs while Pugh and Kasey Bost were also in double digits with 12.
  • Dillon lead the team defensively with a match-high four blocks assists.
  • Westminster's leaders were Reilly DeGeorge with nine kills, Josie Toporcer with 13 digs and Samantha Kelly with 10 service aces.


  Up Next for the River Hawks

  • November 16 vs. Stevens Institute of Technology – NCAA Tournament Round 2— Baltimore, Md. – 4:00 p.m.