The Maroon and Gold faced an early deficit in the opening set as Gannon used five consecutive kills to race out to a 6-1 advantage. Trailing 9-5, three consecutive errors from the Golden Knights brought KU within two, down 9-7.
A seven-point run from GU put it back in the driver’s seat, holding a commanding 14-7 lead at the midway point of the opening frame. Despite being down considerably, a resilient Kutztown side wouldn’t quit, chipping away and eventually evening the set at 19-all.
The Golden Knights found their form, however, at this juncture as they scored six of the final eight points to dispatch the Maroon and
Set two was a battle in the opening moments with both sides tied at 6-6 following a Brittney Moyer (Orwigsburg, Pa./Blue Mountain (Lock Haven)) kill. Gannon opened up its first advantage of the frame shortly after, however, scoring five of the next six tallies to go on top, 11-7.
With this margin in hand, the Scarlet Knights continued to extend their lead as the set progressed. Scoring eight of the last ten points, GU finished off set number two to the tune of 25-13, taking a 2-0 match lead.
KU got off to another good start in the third set, taking a 7-6 lead on a Holly Owen (Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) kill which came from the hands of Amanda Meck (Fleetwood, Pa./Fleetwood Area). Clinging to a 9-7 advantage, Gannon made its push, scoring thirteen unanswered points to go ahead, 22-7. A short time later, the Golden Knights finished off the set with a kill, winning 25-13, and claiming the 3-0 match victory.
For Kutztown, Moyer and Hewitt led the way on offense, posting six and five kills respectively in three sets. On the defensive end, Sydney Wilson (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) and Alli Henderson(Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area) recorded double-digit digs as each collected eleven on the evening.
The win for Gannon improves its record to 21-4 and 10-2 in PSAC competition while the Golden Bears fall to 7-17 and 2-10 in the PSAC.
KU will take on its second Northwest Division opponent in as many days tomorrow afternoon, facing off with Mercyhurst University at 2 p.m. in its last road game of the 2017 season.