In a riveting contest that went the distance, Penn State Mont Alto emerged victorious on Friday night, besting Penn State Greater Allegheny and maintaining their dominance in the PSUAC West Division. The victory marked a milestone for Head Coach Randy Hood, who celebrated his 100th career win.
After capturing two of the initial three sets, Mont Alto stumbled in the fourth, falling 25-22.
The drama intensified in the decisive fifth set. Tied at 13-13, Mont Alto broke the deadlock and then capitalized when a Greater Allegheny offensive move veered off course, sealing the win for Mont Alto.
The team’s offensive prowess was evident, with standout performances by Gracie Vaughn, who notched 19 kills, Elizabeth Trella with 17, and Leslie Huckle contributing 14. Kylie Denlinger orchestrated the offense superbly, delivering 53 of the team’s 57 assists.
On the defensive end, Brooke Denlinger and Gabby Baughman anchored the backline with 22 and 19 digs respectively. Gracie Vaughn also showed her versatility, leading the team in blocks with an impressive 13 rejections.
Looking ahead, Penn State Mont Alto faces a critical juncture in their season—a colossal tri-match on Sunday. The lineup features a showdown with Penn State York, scheduled for noon, followed by a game against Harford Community College at 4 p.m. Mont Alto will be looking to replicate their previous season’s triumph over Penn State York, a victory that secured both the conference and USCAA championships for them. With both teams neck-and-neck in the current USCAA standings, Sunday’s matchup is poised to be a blockbuster.
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