@AU_Volleyball Takes Streak to Colgate, Holy Cross

AU team huddle

The American University volleyball team will seek to continue its strong play down the stretch when it travels to Colgate on Friday and Holy Cross on Saturday.

The Eagles, now 18-9 overall and 12-0 in the Patriot League, have won 13 straight and 14 of their last 15 matches, with the only blemish in that streak coming in a 3-1 loss to then-No. 5 Penn State.

SCOUTING AMERICAN

• Any combination of Eagles wins or Navy losses equaling two would give AU the regular-season championship and the privilege of hosting the Patriot League Tournament on Nov. 17 and 18. American is two matches ahead of the Midshipmen with four to play in the standings and would own any tie-breaker between the teams by virtue of a season sweep.

• Senior outside Aleksandra Kazala was the PL Player of the Week last week after helping the Eagles win at Navy and at Loyola Maryland. She is now second in the league at 3.51 kills per set, trailing only Ann Ernst of Loyola Maryland (3.62). Kazala averages 3.73 kills per set in league matches.

• Senior middle Loren McKenzie became the ninth Eagle in history with 300 career blocks last weekend and is in second in the league at 1.20 per set. McKenzie leads the PL with a .387 hitting percentage.

• Senior setter Kennedy Etheridge leads the PL at 10.23 assists per set, while junior libero Kristen Largay is second in the league at 4.34 digs per set.

SCOUTING COLGATE (Friday, 7 p.m.)

• The Raiders are 13-11 overall and have taken control of third place in the PL with an 8-4 record. Colgate has won four straight and five of its last six.

• Colgate took the Eagles to four sets on Oct. 6, with the Eagles recovering from losing the first set to take a tight 21-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-23 victory.

• Sophomore Alli Lowe is fifth in the league in kills per set at 3.12, with junior Alex Stein in eighth at 2.88.

• Freshman setter Julia Kurowski is second in the league at 9.69 assists per set, trailing only Etheridge.

• Senior Jaelah Hutchison has 83 blocks to lead Colgate, while sophomore Bridget Kolsky averages 3.77 digs per set.

SCOUTING HOLY CROSS (Saturday, 4 p.m.)

• The Crusaders come into the weekend with a 6-19 mark and a 5-7 record in the PL. Holy Cross, which hosts Loyola Maryland on Friday evening, is in seventh place in the league standings, but just one game out of a three-way tie for the fourth and final spot in the playoffs (Loyola, Army West Point, Lehigh at 6-6).

• Holy Cross won both matches on the road last weekend, scoring a 3-2 win at Lehigh and a 3-1 victory at Bucknell.

• Freshman outside Regan Wright has dominated the PL at the service line this season. She has 46 service aces, which is 15 more than anyone else in the league. She is also third on the team in kills (2.24 per set).

• Freshman outside Johnna Shamley (2.37 kills per set) and sophomore Katie Kerins lead the Crusaders' offense.

• Defensively, sophomores Clare Honan (59 blocks) and Sophie VanSeveren (243 digs) top the Holy Cross charts.

NEXT UP / TICKETS

American returns to Bender Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 6 to play host to Lehigh at 7 p.m. The Eagles close the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Army West Point in a 4 p.m. matchup.

Should the Eagles win the regular-season in volleyball, they would host the Patriot League Tournament on Nov. 17 and 18 at Bender Arena.

General admission seating for individual games is $8. Email clawed@american.edu or call (202) 885-TIXX to purchase tickets.