Pezzola Breaks All-Time Kills Record as Volleyball Splits on Day One of York Invitational
York, Pa. - Senior Genny Pezzola sits alone atop of the Swarthmore volleyball record book for career kills, passing Jennifer Wang's '08 previous record of 1,171 kills in the first set of the Garnet's victory over Centenary on Friday evening, leading Swat (11-3, 1-0) to a 1-1 day on the first evening of the York Spartan Invitational.
Pezzola led Swarthmore to a 1-1 day, taking down Centenary 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-19) in the first match of the day. The Garnet then fell to the host York Spartans 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-8) in the second match.
The senior finished the day with 18 combined kills, bringing her career total to 1,187. Thirteen of her kills came in the Garnet's sweep of Centenary to open the tournament. The Garnet had little trouble with the Cyclones for the second time during the 2011 season, winning 25-15, 25-16, 25-19. Fresh off her own milestone performance, senior Hillary Santana led Swat with 10 digs on the day. Pezzola was right behind with eight digs. Sophomores Maggie Duszyk and Danielle Sullivan each recorded five kills. Junior captain Allie Coleman recorded 34 assists, five kills and four digs.
In the second match, the Spartans got revenge on the Garnet for last weekend's match, besting Swat 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-8). Duszyk led the offense with six kills, followed by five from Pezzola and sophomore Brone Lobichusky. Santana had another outstanding match on the defensive end, picking up 25 digs.
Swarthmore returns to action tomorrow for the second day of the Spartan Invitational against SUNY-IT.