Wilkes Women’s volleyball set more personal records

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Sean Connelly

Senior Jamey Mikovich (9) and sophomore Michele Natale (12) attempt to block an FDU-Florham attack from junior Lauren Harris (9).

Ashton Gyenizs, Asst. Sports Editor

Wilkes women’s volleyball losing streak continues as multiple players set personal career highs in different areas of play.

The team’s losing streak increases to seven losses after games against Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham Campus, Penn State Behrend and Penn State Altoona.  The Lady Colonels lost two sets to three, one to three and one to three, respectively.

In their home game Wednesday, FDU-Florham came to the Arnaud C. Marts center to meet Wilkes women’s volleyball.

The first set went in favor of Wilkes, 25-18.  FDU took the next two sets 25-18 and 25-20.  Wilkes took the fourth set 25-21, but fell short as FDU-Florham took the win in the fifth set with a 15-8 victory over Wilkes.

“After the tough loss against FDU, we continue to work on our basic skills to build confidence, enabling us to find those key points that win close matches,” said women’s volleyball Head Coach Joseph Czopek.

Despite the loss, some of the Lady Colonels set some career-highs in different areas of play.  Sophomores Jamey Mikovich and Juliet Betke both had great games.  Mikovich set a career-high with 21 kills, while Betke earned herself a career-high of 30 digs.   

“Jamey and Juliet, as well as others on the team, continue to grow through this season and set personal bests,” said Coach Czopek. “Because of their hard work in practice, the coaching staff hopes the trend of career highs continues.”

This loss would make their record 4-11 and 0-3 in the MAC Freedom conference until they travelled to Penn State Altoona with match-ups against both Penn State Altoona and Penn State Behrend.  Neither of the Wilkes women’s volleyball games on Saturday went in favor of the Lady Colonels.

The team started off strong winning the first set of their matchup against Penn State Behrend 25-21, but the rest of the match was all Penn State Behrend.  Penn State Behrend took the second, third and fourth sets 25-16, 25-15 and 25-20 respectively.

In this game, senior Kayley Schinski tied a previous career high of 12 kills and freshman Erin Silverman set her own personal record of five assists as the Lady Colonels moved on to their final game of the week which would be played against Penn State Altoona.

Penn State Altoona took the early lead winning the first set 27-25, but Wilkes answered back by taking the second set, 25-11.  The team suffered loss number 13 of the season as Penn State Altoona took sets three and four 25-23 and 25-20, respectively.

This game also continued the trend of new career-highs for Wilkes women’s volleyball.  Sophomore Alex Ferrier set a career high of eight digs in this matchup.  Senior Madison Scarfaro set her own personal record with 12 digs.  Mikovich also set a career best of 27 digs and earned herself her seventh double-double of the season with 18 kills.  Schinski also tied her career high of 10 digs.

With a record of 4-13, Lady Colonel volleyball look to break their seven game losing streak as they head to King’s College for a matchup Tuesday, Oct. 3.