ERIE, Pa. – The Penn State Behrend women's volleyball team secured the No. 3 seed for the upcoming Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) playoffs with a 3-0 win over Mt. Aloysius in the Junker Center on Saturday.
The Lions (16-11, 6-3 AMCC) are now 14-0 all-time against the Mounties (13-16, 5-4 AMCC) with a 25-23, 25-20 and 25-15 victory on senior day. Rachel Frye (Leechburg, PA/Kiski) and Amanda Henry (Bridgeville, PA/South Fayette) each tallied 11 kills, while setter Hannah Saunders (Elizabeth, PA/Elizabeth Forward) had another double-double with 32 assists and 11 digs.
Behrend will host No. 6 Mt. Aloysius in the first round of the playoffs on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The winner will travel to play No. 2 Pitt-Bradford on Saturday at No. 1 seed Penn State Altoona.
Frye had five kills in the first and third sets to help Behrend get another match on its home court. The Lions had their largest lead of the set to start at 3-0 behind a kill from Emily Archer (Butler, PA/Butler) and two from Frye. The Mounties grabbed a one-point lead on two occasions with the latter at 22-21. Parra registered another kill and Mt. Aloysius had an attack error to turn it around for the Lions at 23-22. The teams traded a point on errors before Henry sealed the win with a kill at 25-23.
With the second set tied at 3-all, the Mounties committed four attack errors to give Behrend a 7-3 lead. Mt. Aloysius erased the seven-point deficit to two at 14-12, but a pair of kills by Henry and then Saunders with two quick tap kills instead of sets made the difference in the end at 25-20.
The momentum was in full swing with the Lions in the third set. Archer had four kills on seven attempts and Madison Clapper (Hollidaysburg, PA/Hollidaysburg) had five digs to help Behrend post a 10-point win at 25-15.
Kylie McSwaney (Greensburg, PA/Greensburg Salem) and Saunders recorded four blocks each. McSwaney also hit .636 with seven kills on 11 attempts.
The Lions will face the Mounties on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.