Jensen leads Lakers' volleyball to unbeaten week

The Lakers continue to dominate the court as the Mercyhurst College volleyball team has picked up four more wins, giving them an overall record of 11-3 this season.

On home court, the Lakers took down Houghton College, 3-2, on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

So far the Lakers haven’t had trouble with their rookies fitting in, as freshman Chelsea Jensen made a school record 29 kills during the match. Jensen also tallied four aces, and fellow freshman Becky Leusch added 13 kills for the win.

Freshman Amanda Balasko also recorded four service aces, matching Jensen, and shared the match-high five blocks with junior Justine Smith.

Next, the Lakers hosted the two-day Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Crossover Tournament with Kutztown University, West Chester University, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania on Sept. 18-19.

On the first day of the tournament, Mercyhurst swept, shutting out Kutztown 3-0, and beating West Chester 3-1. Edinboro also performed well, as they defeated Kutzown and West Chester.

Against West Chester, Mercyhurst had three players score double figures in kills. Jensen once again led the team with 11, while Smith and Balasko each posted 10. Jensen also led the Lakers with 14 digs.

Against Kutztown, Jensen continued to prove herself as a player of talent and skill, pacing the Laker offense with 12 kills. Smith added eight, and Balasko and Leusch tallied six apiece. Junior Kendell Ashworth led Mercyhurst with 13 digs, and Smith led the team with five blocks.

On day two, the Lakers completed the sweep of their PSAC East competitors, beating Cheyney 3-0.

During the match, sophomore Megan Riske tied a school record with 10 service aces. Jensen took a break and sophomores Kelsey Richardson and Chantel Haase led the Lakers with six kills apiece.

The Lakers will next suit up this Friday, Sept. 25, as they host Slippery Rock University in their PSAC West opener.