Volleyball still searching for first win

Jackets fall to Franciscan, Mount Aloysius

The Waynesburg University volleyball team fell in a pair of non-conference road matches to end the second week of the semester. Franciscan University downed the Jackets Thursday night, three sets to one. That was followed by a three-set sweep of the Jackets at the hands of Mount Aloysius the next evening. 

“Every game is a different story,” head coach Hayley Kirby said. “At this point, it hasn’t been just one thing that we need to work on each game.”

The Jackets are off to an 0-6 start to the season. Despite each game telling a different tale, Kirby mentioned that errors are what has hindered the Jackets so far this season.

“On Friday we had 25 kills and 18 errors, which is not a good percentage,” she said. “Our hitting errors and service errors are probably what hurts us the most.”

On each night, the deciding set was the most lopsided. Waynesburg fell 25-14 in the fourth set Thursday, and 25-12 in Friday’s third set.

Even though the Jackets only captured one set in two nights, they still made things close. Five of seven sets over the two-day span were separated by four points or fewer.

“We’re almost there, but we’re not there,” Kirby said. “It’s good because it shows that’s how close we are.”

Kayla Stohan was a player who Kirby gave credit for keeping sets and matches close, and was impressed by her effort during both days. 

“She kept us in the game a lot,” Kirby said.  “She was amazing.”

Kirby was also impressed by Alyson Johnson’s play over the two-day stretch. Johnson collected a match-high 25 digs Friday against Mount Aloysius. She also had two blocks.

“She’s our most consistent player right now,” Kirby said. 

The Jackets will play their first home game of the season  Wednesday night, against La Roche, who they lost to in straight sets Aug. 31. The meeting will come three days before Waynesburg begins it’s Presidents’ Athletic Conference slate against Geneva and Chatham in a doubleheader in Pittsburgh Saturday morning.