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Friday, September 10, 2004
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Volleyball Sweeps in Buttermaker
Spikers Into Championship Bracket

The Muhlenberg volleyball was impressive in winning Pool A at the Buttermaker Tournament with three-game sweeps of Misericordia and Montclair State.

The Mules (4-2), who played several long matches last weekend at Moravian’s tournament, made quick work of both of their opponents and were never challenged until the final game of the second match. ’Berg knocked off Misericordia by game scores of 30-17, 30-15 and 30-19, and toppled Montclair State, 30-18, 30-16, 32-30.

Junior Julie Lauro recorded 11 kills and 10 digs for her third double-double of the season against Misericordia and added 16 kills in the Montclair State match.

Sophomore Lauren Masem ended Game 1 against Montclair State with an ace, then served the first 12 points of the second game. The sharp passing of junior Mary Henning enabled the Mules to record kills on their first seven attack attempts of that game. Masem finished with six kills, seven digs and three aces, while Henning totalled 34 assists.

Muhlenberg will play in the championship bracket with FDU-Florham and King’s.

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Mules Advance to Championship Game

Senior Kristen Bruschi scored twice on her 21st birthday to break the school record for goals in a career and lead the Muhlenberg field hockey team to a 2-0 shutout of Elizabethtown in the opening game of the Muhlenberg Invitational.

The Mules (2-1) will play the winner of the Catholic-Montclair State game in Saturday’s title tilt.

Bruschi’s two goals gave her 46 for her career, breaking the record of 44 held by Ruth Smith for more than 40 years. Six of those 46 goals have come on her birthday, including her first career hat trick last Sept. 10 at Scranton.

The Blue Jays (1-3) had the better of the action for the first 15 minutes, firing off five shots, but they did not get within sniffing distance of the Muhlenberg goal again until late in the second half.

Bruschi broke a scoreless tie early in the second half when she tipped in a long corner from freshman Nikki Rhoads. Less than five minutes later, she scored again off a penalty corner, deflecting Sarah Fosdick’s hit from the top of the circle high over the goalie’s head.

The defense of Rhoads, Fosdick and senior Pamela Coakley, together with solid midfield play by senior Andrea Sebright and junior Steph Light, kept Elizabethtown in check the rest of the way.

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Last updated September 10, 2004