KU (6-10, 0-7 PSAC) pushed Southeastern Division-leading ESU (16-3, 6-1 PSAC) to the brink after falling in the opening two sets, taking the third frame in convincing 25-14 fashion. In the fourth and deciding set, the Warriors of ESU erased a late 22-20 deficit, needing extra volleyball to take the frame, 29-27.
The chances were there for Kutztown to extend or even win the match at other junctures as the Maroon and Gold were ahead comfortably, leading 19-13 in set two. However, following a Warrior timeout, East Stroudsburg found a way to edge itself back in the frame, eventually taking the second set via a 13-5 run, 26-24.
Kutztown’s blocking is what turned the tide in the match as ESU had totaled 8.0 blocks compared to 1.0 block for the Maroon and Gold through two sets. In the final two frames, KU out-blocked ESU 9.0-2.0, creating problems for the East Stroudsburg attack.
Niki Carpenter totaled a team-high eight block assists to lead the KU charge with Erin Patterson adding a season-high five blocks.
Patterson also delivered several timely kills for the Golden Bears, posting a team-high eight kills and .353 attack percentage. Holly Owen posted eight kills to match Patterson with Brittney Moyer and Jessica Howe tallying seven each.
Abbey James and Amanda Meck dished out a combined 23 assists with James notching a double-double, collecting 17 digs. Sydney Wilson anchored the KU backline with a career-high 37 digs in four sets of play, adding seven assists.
The Maroon and Gold will continue PSAC Southeastern Division play this weekend, taking on Bloomsburg and Lock Haven on the road on Oct. 5-6, respectively.