The Lady Barons volleyball team lost a tough conference match on Oct. 26 against University of Pitt. Greensburg, setting their conference record at 4-4.
The first set started out competitive as the Lady Barons struggled to hold their first lead at 6-7 with a kill by freshman Maddie Raffa. However, Greensburg was quickly able to reestablish their lead for the remainder of the set, finishing at 25-14.
However, the Lady Barons initiated the second set, determined to make up for lost ground by immediately taking the lead. The set had several long volleys displaying an equally matched skill set between both teams as they traded the lead nine separate times.
Eventually Greensburg was able to clinch the lead, winning the second set 25-23.
The third set was still fairly even with the Lady Barons scoring the first point and then taking the lead again at 5-6. However, Greensburg was slowly able to pull ahead, winning the final set with a score of 25-17.
After the match, Head Coach Kelly Herrmann said, “It really is sometimes just a matter of focus and having that edge, not letting yourself relax and think that anything is a given, because nothing is a given, certainly not in our conference this year.”
Herrmann said of the opposite team, “They’re a good, capable, hard-hitting volleyball team. They played with the type of relaxed, go-for-it attitude that we needed to play with.”
Freshman Maddie Raffa said, “I think we came out not giving (Greensburg) the type of credit that they needed; we didn’t expect them to block and play defense the way that they did.”
The Lady Barons fell 3-2 to D’Youville College in the AMCC Quarterfinal match Nov. 2.