Offense remains strong as Lakers sweep Wells in season opener

The Oswego State volleyball team shut out Wells College with a score of 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-13) in their season opener on Tuesday, Sept. 1. Not only was this the fourth straight season in which the Lakers have won their season opener, but this is also the fourth straight season they have shut out Wells 3-0.

It was a strong performance from the Lakers as they never let Wells College get on a run and score more than four points in a row. Instead, the team would remain on the offensive, scoring in small bursts to win each set.

Oswego State’s offense was on point as they totaled 24 kills in the game. Led by junior outside hitter Jessica Long who recorded six kills, a total of six players would record kills including Ariel Murawski, Megan Russell and Alison Sullivan who would each finish with four.

The Lakers’ offense was well balanced throughout as the team finished with eight aces averaging 2.67 aces per set. The team also finished with 22 assists, led by  junior setter Lauren Edwards who finished the game with 11. Edwards also impacted the game with her serving. With Oswego leading 11-10 in the third set, Edwards scored 10 straight points off of serves.

The defense was also strong in Oswego State’s win as the team combined for a total of 28 digs. Senior libero Rachael Ruggaber, as well as Edwards would lead the team totaling eight digs apiece.

The defense continued to flourish as the team would record eight blocks. Kelsey Dillon, Emma Moriarty and Megan Russell led the team with 2 blocks each as the team averaged 1.67 blocks per set.

The Lakers also minimized their errors throughout the game. Oswego finished all three sets and totaled only 12 errors. Wells College finished the game with ten more turnovers for a total of 22.

The Lakers will play next when they take the court against Scranton in the University of Scranton tournament in Pennsylvania. The tournament will consist of  three games including the Scranton game, as well as games against Pitt-Bradford and Anna Maria College. The tournament begins on Friday, Sept. 4 at 2:30 P.M.