Lady Lions suffer 3-0 defeat at Central Penn College

Cheyenne Comfort preps for a serve.
Cheyenne Comfort preps for a serve.

Summerdale, Pa. - Penn State Hazleton Women's Volleyball hit the road on Thursday, completing their five-game stretch of road contests to start the season with a match at Central Penn College. The Lady Lions efforts ended without reward as they suffered a 3-0 defeat to the Knights of Central Penn, their fourth consecutive loss.

The Lions once again fell at the hands of the opponents serve, collecting 19 receiving errors throughout the contest. The Knights scored just five kills in set one, but a -.188 hitting percentage from the Hazleton squad led to a 25-9 loss and a 1-0 advantage for Central Penn. Hazleton fought back in the second frame, trading blows with the Knights. The Lions out-hit the opposition .200 to .135 for the Knights, but fell late in the set, losing 25-23. The close call in set two, inspired the Knights to up their game in third set, as they produced 11 kills and zero errors to the tune of a .423 kill ratio. Unable to match the offensive intensity, the Lions fell in set three 25-11, sealing the victory for Central Penn College.

The Knights were led by Janay Nelson, Morgan Brubacker and Tytianna Mobley. Nelson scored eight kills to pace the Knights offensive attack and three service aces. Brubacker collected 18 assists and five aces, while Mobley added six kills and five service aces.

Freshman Hailey Trasacco (Hamden, Ct.) led the Lady Lions with four kills and a pair of blocked shots. Senior Aneesha Reese (Philadelphia, Pa.) added three kills and six digs to her credit and Junior Miranda Dunne (Montrose, Pa.) collected nine assists respectively.

Next up: With the loss Hazleton ends it's five game road stretch to begin the season. The Lions return to High Acres for their first home match on Monday, September 14 when the Lions take on the Falcons from Davis College at 7 :00 PM in the Thomas M. Cassece Gymnasium.