@AU_Volleyball Faces Weekend Road Trip

Vela McBride hits from the middle

After wrapping up a successful four-match homestand, the American University volleyball team takes its six-match winning streak on a trip to Patriot League foes this weekend.

The Eagles head to Bucknell on Friday for a 7 p.m. match, then head north to Colgate for a 4 p.m. match on Saturday.

American, which has also won eight of its last nine matches, climbed into second place in the PL standings last weekend with 3-0 sweeps over Lehigh and Lafayette. The Eagles wrapped the sweeps with 3-0 victories over non-conference opponents Delaware State and George Washington.

The Eagles, now 14-7 overall and 5-1 in the Patriot League, will try to keep pace in the standings with Navy, which leads with a 7-0 mark.

AMERICAN PREVIEW

The reigning PL Player of the Week, Aleksandra Kazala, joined sophomore Shannon Webb with team-highs of 12 kills in Wednesday's win over George Washington. Kazala finished her work in the Lafayette win last Saturday with the 1,000th kill of her career, coming on set point of the second set.

She leads the Patriot League and is seventh in the nation with a 4.81 kills-per-set average. Webb has also been strong of late, notching 33 kills in her last three matches.

Junior Kennedy Etheridge and freshman Olivia Wassner are sharing the setting duties in the Eagles' 5-2 set, with sophomore libero Kristen Largay continuing to top AU in digs (4.61 per set).

Senior Hoakalei Dawson had one of her best matches of the season against the Colonials, finishing with seven kills, two assists, two aces, six digs and four blocks. It was the first time since Sept. 1 she had that many kills in a match.

BUCKNELL PREVIEW

The Bison are 9-9 overall and 3-3 in the Patriot League, beginning the weekend in fifth place. Bucknell is a game behind Army West Point in a potential battle for the fourth spot in the PL Tournament.

Sophomore Sophie Bullard leads Bucknell offensively, ranking eighth in the league with a 2.92 kills average. Sophomore middle Mimi Richards (2.62) is among the conference leaders with a .307 hitting percentage.

Richards also leads the Patriot League with 1.49 blocks per set, while the defense is also helped by sophomore libero Brooke Stark (7th in PL, 3.69 dps).

COLGATE PREVIEW

The Raiders open the weekend at Lafayette on Friday, then return home to face the Eagles on Saturday. Colgate, now 10-8 overall and 1-5 in the PL, won at Holy Cross, 3-0, last Saturday to post its first league victory.

Freshman outside Alli Lowe is second in the PL in kills, with her 3.45 per-set average ranking behind only Kazala in the league. Junior Katie Stansbury is at 2.47 kps for Colgate.

Senior setter Lauren Sanderson sits atop the league with 10.44 assists per set, while junior Peighton McRobie is fifth in the league in digs (3.84 per set).

NEXT WEEK

The Eagles will also play on the road on Tuesday in a match at Loyola Maryland before welcoming Navy to Bender Arena in an important match on Friday, Oct. 20.

Tickets to 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.