@AU_Volleyball Closes Three-Match Sweep at Harvard Invitational

Photo: AU volleyball overpowers Harvard, 3-1

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The American University volleyball team closed out its three-game sweep at the Harvard Invitational on Saturday, outlasting both Stony Brook and Harvard, 3-1.

The Eagles now sit at 4-3 overall while Stony Brook falls to 2-4 and Harvard continues to search for its first win with a 0-3 record after its opening weekend.

AU had uphill battles in both matches on Saturday, falling to both Stony Brook and Harvard in the first set. The Eagles came back to dominate the final two sets on both counts, though, holding Stony Brook to only nine points in the third and 19 in the fourth, and Harvard to 12 in the third and ten in the fourth.

Aleksandra Kazala was awarded Tournament MVP after posting consecutive double-doubles throughout the weekend, bringing her up to six for the season. The junior outside hitter put up a game-high 15 kills and 19 digs against Stony Brook and another game-high 25 kills and 15 digs against Harvard. Her performance against the Crimson tied her season-high in kills and was good for a new season-best in hitting percentage (.564). She currently sits just three kills shy of tying her career-record of 28 from Navy last season.

Two Eagles joined Kazala with record performances, including sophomore Aleksandra Sochacka who hit a new career-high with 14 kills against Stony Brook, and sophomore Shannon Webb who tied her career-high with three serving aces against Harvard.

Sophomore Kristen Largay and senior Erin Swartz both joined Kazala on the All-Tournament Team. Largay led the Eagles with 25 digs against Stony Brook and 20 against Harvard, while Swartz had a season-high six kills and four blocks on Friday during the win over Sacred Heart. 

Junior Kennedy Etheridge also contributed big numbers on Friday, putting up a game-high 45 assists against Harvard to tie her season-high.

AU's freshmen trio also came away with big matches from the weekend, making significant impacts across the board for the Eagles. Olivia Wassner led the team with 48 assists in the win over Stony Brook while Helena Elbaek contributed a combined 14 kills between the two matches, and Megan Crush tallied an ace and eight digs.

The Eagles also put up season-high numbers as a team with 60 kills, 58 assists, and a .373 hitting percentage against Harvard while committing only 13 errors, just one shy of their season-best.

AU will be back home on Tuesday, Sept. 5, with a 7 p.m. match against Morgan State. Tickets to all AU home volleyball matches are available at the Bender Arena Box Office.

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