Underclassmen Impressive In Saturday Action

Underclassmen Impressive In Saturday Action

PITTSBURGH, PA – Despite a pair of defeats on Saturday, the University at Buffalo volleyball team got some impressive performances from their young roster.  However, the Bulls lost 3-2 this morning against St. Francis and fell 3-0 to Duquesne on Saturday night.

In the first match on Saturday, the Bulls fell to St. Francis (PA), 18-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-22, 15-10 despite outhitting the Red Flash, .164 to .144.  UB got a number of strong performances in the match, including breaking records that have stood for over a decade.

Freshman Scout McLerran finished with a career-best 53 assists, while adding 22 digs and four service aces.  McLerran became just the fourth different player in school history to record a 50-assist/20-dig match and the first one for a Bull since Nov. 12, 1999 when Somer Deschambault had 60 assists and 32 digs against Kent State.  No Bull has ever done it in the current NCAA scoring format.

Fellow freshman Hannah Watson was extremely impressive defensively as she finished with 37 digs in the match against St. Francis (PA).  It was the most digs in a match by a UB freshman since Tori Beckman had 36 digs against Western Michigan on Oct. 17, 1999.

Sophomore Valisha Watkins finished the match with a career-best 23 kills on 64 swings, while senior Amber Hatchett had 14 kills. Freshman Kristina Curcin added 10 kills and just two errors, while sophomore Megan Wernette had five kills and just one error.

The Bulls finished the match with a season-high 98 digs, including 10 from Watkins, who completed the double-double.  Freshmen Taina Benitez and Maddie Torbeck each had eight in the match.

In the evening contest, the Bulls ran into a streaking Duquesne squad, who had not dropped a set all weekend and the Dukes kept that streak alive with a 25-18, 25-16, 25-20 win as Duquesne outhit the Bulls .237 to .080.

Wernette led the Bulls with 11 kills in the match as she hit .381 on the evening.  McLerran added 29 assists to her total, while Watson led the defense with 14 digs.  UB had 5.0 total blocks, led by three from Wernette, including two solos.

The Bulls will head down south next weekend for Springhill Suites Invitational in Statesboro, GA.  UB will open the tournament on Friday at Noon against Georgia Southern.