Kazala, Largay Earn All-Tourney as Eagles Sweep Howard

Meaghan Donahue digs an attack

WASHINGTONAleksandra Kazala finished with 22 kills and Shannon Webb added 10 to lead AU to a 26-24, 25-22, 25-18 sweep over crosstown rival Howard in the American Volleyball Classic on Saturday.

The Eagles finished second with a 2-1 record in the four-team event and are now 7-6 overall on the season. The Bison are now 2-11 after losing each of their three matches over the two days.

Iowa finished its tournament with a three-set sweep of Princeton Saturday to capture the tournament championship with a 3-0 record. The Tigers finished 1-2 in the tournament.

Claire Sheehan of Iowa earned Tournament MVP honors and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by teammates Gabrielle Orr and Taylor Louis. Kazala and Kristen Largay of American were selected along with Nnenna Ibe of Princeton and Courtney Dalton of Howard.

Kazala's effort against Howard marked her sixth 20-kill match of the season. Webb's 10 kills were the second time she's hit double figures this year. Freshman Olivia Wassner had 28 assists, Largay led the Eagles with 14 digs and Cheyenne Orsi had five blocks.

IOWA 3, AMERICAN 0

Kazala had 10 kills in AU's first match of the day, but Iowa's offense got rolling to lift the Hawkeyes to a 25-21, 25-17, 25-15 sweep of the Eagles.

Iowa hit .383 in the match, holding a 52-27 edge in kills. The Hawkeyes made only 11 attack errors in a strong offensive performance. Claire Sheehan had 19 kills to lead Iowa offensively.

Kennedy Etheridge had 11 assists, Largay had 13 digs and Helena Elbaek finished with four blocks for the Eagles.

American will be back on its home court on Tuesday to face the Zhejiang, China volleyball club in an international exhibition match at 7 p.m. The Eagles open Patriot League play on Friday at home against Loyola Maryland.

Tickets for all AU home volleyball matches are available at the Bender Arena Box Office. General admission seats are $8 for adults and $5 for children. AU students are admitted free with a valid student ID.