Lehman, Pa. - The Lady Lions (5-7, 3-5 PSUAC) got back in the win column on Wednesday night, a much needed victory against Penn State Wilkes-Barre, as they look to make a push towards a berth in the Penn State University Athletic Conference postseason. Hazleton played well in aspects of the game, "A total team effort", in the words of Head Coach Tracy Biehl, but especially excelled in the service game on Wednesday night.
Hazleton dispatched the home team Wilkes-Barre in straight sets by limiting their mistakes and turning over the Wilkes-Barre attack. Hazleton was perfect on the night, committing no errors from behind the service line, hitting their spots all evening to garner four aces as a squad. In addition the Lions defense dug out 78 WIlkes-Barre attacks to extend plays and allowing their offense to convert scores. Hazleton's dig effort, combined with a bevy of Wilkes-Barre attack errors, contributed to the Lions lopsided victory.
Hazleton was led by freshman Nicole Barnes (Susquehanna, Pa.) who topped all Hazleton scorers with five kills and a team high 23 digs. Senior setters Tina Beiland (Philiadelphia, Pa.) and Miranda Dunne combined for all 17 of Hazleton's assist with Dunne reaching double figures in the category.
The Lady Lions are back on the court on Tuesday night, October 4 when they travel to face Penn State Worthington Scranton. Expect a good matchup with both teams vying for a spot in the October postseason.