Fayette Lady Roaring Lions win second consecutive PSUAC volleyball championship
Fayette dominated game one, winning handily 25-11. In the second game, Mont Alto jumped to lead by as many as nine points before the Lady Roaring Lions stormed back to win 25-21.
The deciding game was a see-saw affair until Fayette seized control late. Freshman Leah Ambrosini’s kill ended the game at 25-21.
In all, Ambrosini (Connellsville High School) totaled 16 kills. She currently leads the nation with a .601 hitting percentage. Senior Heather Kelly (Keystone Oaks), playing in her last PSUAC final, added 10.
Sophomore Alex Rossi (Yough) keyed the game two comeback with some clutch serving. In all, she recorded six aces. For good measure, she added seven blocks and nine digs. Rossi is currently sixth in the nation in hitting percentage at .474, and Kelly is eighth at .416. Sophomore
Katie Sleasman (Connellsville) notched 16 assists and fellow sophomore Meghan Leary
(Frazier) added 13. Sleasman is ninth in the nation in assists, averaging more than six per game.
The Lady Roaring Lions gained a berth in the championship match with a 3-1 victory over Penn College of Technology on Oct. 30, also at Rec Hall, by scores of 25-22, 25-19, 20-25 and 25-19. Penn College’s win in game 3 was only the third set Fayette lost all season in conference play. In fact, overall the team was an incredible 48-12 in sets played.
Ambrosini had 19 kills and seven digs, while Rossi added 16 kills and eight digs. Kelly notched 15 kills. Leary led the team with 27 assists, and Sleasman added 23.
The Lady Roaring Lions return to action in the USCAA National Volleyball Championships, to be played at the Mid-America Sports Complex in Louisville, Ky. The team begins pool play on Thursday, Nov. 5, when they face Southern Virginia University at 3:30 p.m. Later that day, Fayette faces Talladega College at 5:00 p.m.
Pool play continues on Nov. 6 when the Lady Roaring Lions face defending USCAA champion Florida College at 10:00 a.m., followed by a rematch with Rochester College at 11:30 a.m. Rochester defeated Fayette 3-2 earlier this year at the Penn State Beaver Invitational.