Rochester's Casey Larsen (Livingston, Jr.) helped fill the box score in last Tuesday’s 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-16) women's volleyball victory over SUNY-Geneseo at home. Larsen, a Livingston High product, posted 18 digs, nine kills, seven service aces and five assists. The Yellowjackets improved to 5-4.
Defending national champion Penn State rebounded from seeing its 109-match unbeaten streak snapped by Stanford with three 3-0 victories at home this past weekend to raise their season record to 10-1. The No. 2 Nittany Lions knocked off George Washington (25-12, 25-5, 25-13) on Friday with Marika Racibarskas (Chatham, Soph.) seeing action in one set, in which she contributed three assists. On Saturday, she played two sets as the Nittany Lions downed Princeton (25-8, 25-8, 25-13); she earned credit for three assists, two digs and one kill. Racibarskas is a Chatham High alum.
Fairleigh Dickinson defeated Bucknell, 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-18), in the Columbia University Invitational Tournament on Friday. Erin Roudebush (Westfield, Sr.) recorded eight kills and three digs for the victorious Knights. FDU then lost their next two contests on Saturday by 3-0 scores to Fordham (25-18, 25-21, 34-32) and Columbia (25-18, 25-13, 25-14). Roudebush, a Westfield High product, had five kills against Fordham and three versus Columbia. FDU is now 5-10.
Sister branch FDU-Florham took on two rivals in Hoboken on Saturday and came away with victories. They took the measure of Swarthmore, 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-19) and SUNY-Oneonta, 3-1 (27-29, 26-24, 25-21, 25-23). Nicole Peotter (New Providence, Soph.) managed six kills and three assists in the Oneonta skirmish, and four kills and one dig against Swarthmore. Peotter, a New Providence High grad, and the Devils improved to 12-4.
Another Westfield High product, Jessica Thompson (Westfield, Soph.) had 10 assists, six digs and five kills in a losing effort as Virginia Union dropped a 3-1 (25-22, 25-21, 21-25, 25-13) decision to Virginia State last Thursday in Ettrick, Virginia. The weekend action in Fayetteville, N.C. provided no relief as Virginia Union (3-10) then lost by identical 3-0 scores to Fayetteville State (25-13, 25-14, 25-21) on Saturday and St. Augustine’s (25-12, 25-18, 25-7) on Sunday. Thompson had 10 assists and four digs against Fayetteville, followed by seven assists and two kills against St. Augustine’s.
Kelly Zimmerman (Livingston, Jr.) worked out seven kills and two digs to help Scranton defeat Dickinson, 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-20), in the Electric City on Saturday. The Royals (8-5) then hosted Misericordia, who they dusted, 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-14), with Zimmerman contributing four kills and three assisted blocks. Zimmerman prepped at Livingston High.
Lafayette needed four sets to dispose of La Salle, 3-1 (25-22, 15-25, 25-17, 25-21), in the first round of the Lafayette Invitational on Friday. Alexandra Russo (New Providence, Soph.) contributed four kills on the attack and five digs on defense. She also earned credit for two assisted blocks. The Leopards (4-8) dropped their Saturday contests to Quinnipiac, 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-10), and Delaware State, 3-1 (21-25, 25-12, 25-17, 25-23). Russo had three kills and two digs in the Delaware State match.
Cecelie Pikus (Short Hills, Soph.) earned credit for six assists and four aces as Hamilton dropped a match to undefeated Connecticut College, 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-17). Later the same day, the Continentals (4-6) lost to Wesleyan, 3-1 (25-10, 19-25, 25-18, 25-22), with Pikus, out of Kent Place, contributing 12 assists.
Stefan Nonnenmann (New Providence, Soph.) scored his first collegiate goal to help Alfred University knock off Hilbert, 4-0, in Hamburg, N.Y. on Saturday. Nonnenmann is a former All-Conference star for New Providence High. Alfred is now 4-2-1.
Alex Colucci (Westfield, Jr.) scored what proved to be the winning goal as Middlebury ran roughshod over Southern Vermont, 6-0, at home on Sunday. Colucci, a Delbarton grad, knocked the ball in unassisted with just 2:46 having ticked off the clock. He later assisted on the Panthers’ fifth goal. Middlebury is now 3-0.
Tom Parkinson (Westfield, Sr.) contributed a goal and an assist to the Dickinson cause in Saturday’s 5-1 defeat of Washington College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Those were the first points of the season for the Westfield High grad. The Red Devils are now 5-0-1.
Colorado College’s Matt Fechter (Westfield, Soph.) assisted on the Tigers’ lone goal in Friday’s 3-1 loss at home to Carnegie-Mellon. The Pingry grad and his teammates dropped to 2-3-1 after losing to third-ranked Carnegie-Mellon.
Dickinson College posted a pair of shutouts last week with Annie Weichert (Chatham, Soph.) minding the net. Weichert, a Chatham High grad, had six stops in Wednesday's 1-0 road victory over York (Pa.). On Saturday, the Red Devils defense basically gave her the day off in a 2-0 victory over Moravian. The Greyhounds got off no shots on goal; thus, Weichert had no saves. Dickinson is now 3-1-1 on the season.
In a similar vein, Amherst's Claire Bennett (Westfield, Jr.) got the credit for the Jeffs' 3-0 triumph over Mt. Holyoke at home last Wednesday, although the Westfield High grad didn't have to make any saves to pick up the shutout. Mt. Holyoke had no shots on goal. Amherst is now 3-0-1.
Tina Cognetti (Westfield, Jr.) scored Scranton’s only goal in last Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to Kean in Union. That was the first tally of the season for the Westfield High grad. The Royals are now 4-3-0.
Monmouth's Lia Fierro (Short Hills, Sr.) was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Villanova Classic, despite the Hawks' losing both their matches in overtime. Fierro, a keeper out of Millburn High, stopped four shots on goal in Saturday's 2-1 loss to Villanova. She then made four saves in Sunday's 1-0 loss to Towson. Monmouth fell to 4-3.
A late goal by Julia Conroy (Westfield, Soph.) saved Ithaca from being shut out against William Smith last Tuesday in Geneva, N.Y. The Bombers came out on the short end, 3-1.
Taylor Sankovich (Short Hills, Jr.) knocked in her fifth goal of the season to put Yale up, 2-1, in Sunday's contest with Maine in New Haven, Connecticut, but the visitors stormed back to leave the Nutmeg State with a 3-2 victory. Yale dropped to 4-2 with the loss.
Claire Mammen (Berkeley Heights, Jr.) earned an assist in Dickinson's 8-3 trouncing of Richard Stockton in Pomona on Saturday. The Red Devils are now 1-4.