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Lady Roaring Lions finish fifth at USCAA National Volleyball Championships

11/8/2010 —

Another athletics record at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus was topped over the weekend as the Penn State Fayette Women’s Volleyball Team wrapped up its most successful season by finishing fifth at the USCAA Volleyball National Championships played Nov. 4-5 at the Mid-America Athletic Center in Louisville, Ky.

Coach Nancy Wheeler says, “I’m so proud of this team. They have so much heart and desire. That’s what pushed us through to the nationals. We were the underdogs going into it, but by finishing fifth we proved our team and school are worthy competitors at a national level. Next year we will be back!”

The team was eliminated in the championship quarterfinals by the University of Dallas, 3-0, by scores of 25-19, 25-11 and 25-18. Sophomore Leah Ambrosini (Connellsville) led the way with seven kills. Freshman Marney Hillen (Geibel Catholic) added six, and Junior Katie Sleasman (Connellville) added 12 assists.

The team advanced to the quarterfinals by finishing third in its pool with a record of 2-2. The Lady Roaring Lions (24-13) earned their berth in the quarterfinals with a thrilling three-set victory over Linwood-Belleville by scores of 25-22, 22-25 and 15-11 on Friday, Nov. 5. Ambrosini had nine kills and Hillen eight, while Sleasman notched 24 assists.

Earlier in the day, the team fell to third-ranked Rochester College 21-25 and 12-25. Fayette closed the first day of the tournament by posting a 2-1 victory over Ohio State Marion, 26-25, 19-25 and 15-13. Ambrosini had 11 kills, while Junior Alex Rossi (Yough) notched seven. Sleasman recorded 24 assists.

Spalding University defeated the tenth-seeded Lady Roaring Lions 2-0 in the opening game of the tournament.

Fayette finishes with a 24-13 record, the best in school history. The team’s fifth place finish in 2010 is the highest finish for a Penn State team at the USCAA national tournament.

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