Hazleton, Pa. - The Lady Lions wrapped up non-conference play on Thursday night with a return visit from Trinity Washington University. Just one night removed from being swept by division leader Penn State Brandywine, Hazleton returned to form on their home court with a 3-0 sweep over the Tigers.
Hazleton limited Trinity to single digit points in the first two frames, picking up points in chuncks for wins by healthy margins. A combination of Tiger errors, 14 service aces and 15 kills by the Lady Lions led wins by 16 and 19 points to put the match away early. Trinity hung with Hazleton for much of the third set and led the frame 12-11 at one point, but Hazleton would convert 13 of the next 19 points to seal up the victory in straight sets.
A rejuvinated service game by the Lady Lions shined on Thursday night with seven players registering aces. Leading the way was sophomore Damaris Ayala (Berwick, Pa.) and senior Lauren Nietz (Coaldale, Pa.) who combined for 11 of Hazleton's 22 aces in the game. Topping all hitters on the evening was senior Mariah Curry (Pottsville, Pa.) who entered midway through the action to notch six kills in her second night of action this season. Ayala and sophomore Alessandra Banta (Coatesville, Pa.) rounded out the top efforts on the night, serving up 10 assists each to lead the squad.
Next up: The Lady Lions get three days off before returning to action on Monday, October 8 when Hazleton travels to William Allen High School for the team's second round with Penn State Lehigh Valley.