COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – The Ursinus College volleyball team split its homecoming doubleheader on Saturday.
The Bears pulled their record to 4-7 after the day's action.
Rowan 3, Ursinus College 0 (26-24, 25-14, 25-22)
The Bears got out to a quick start against the visiting Profs (5-5), creating a 19-11 lead in the first set, but some untimely mistakes allowed Rowan to put together a run at the end to take the set, 26-24. Sophomore Kelly Piotrowicz tallied three kills in the frame.
Ursinus struggled in the second set, digging itself an 8-1 deficit early, before pulling to 11-5. That's when Rowan turned on the jets and manufactured another run, extending the lead to 19-5. The Bears were thrown another curveball when senior co-captain Allison Raff went down with an injury.
Set No. 3 was back-and-forth between the two squads. Each team traded points through the first portion of the set, bringing the score to 9-6 in favor of the Profs. Rowan strung together four points to extend its lead led by services from Erin Keegan, who dominated from the back line.
Ursinus College 3, Trinity (D.C.) 0 (25-5, 25-12, 25-5)
The Bears made easy work of the Tigers (0-4), recording 31 aces – the most in a single game in program history.
Head coach Cecily Scavicchio rotated in a handful of younger players to get some experience, and the youth found success – especially from the service line. Five players notched career-highs in aces: sophomore Lauren Novotny had a team-high of six with a handful of freshmen trailing her: Emily Harris (4), Hannah Merges (5) and Meghan O'Leary (3) also had career-bests while classmate Paige DeAlba tied her personal best mark of five (9/8, vs. Albright).
Novotny and classmate Miranda Foster each totaled a team-high five kills.
The Bears continue their homestand on Tuesday with a CC opener vs. Swarthmore.