Women's Volleyball Pushes Defending Conference Champion to Four; Svensson Reaches Career Milestone

Buffalo, NY- Entering tonight's non-conference match at Medaille, D'Youville College senior Lara Svensson (Tonawanda, NY/Sweet Home) needed 9 digs to become the seventh player in D'Youville women's volleyball history to reach the career milestone of 1,000 digs.  The Spartan's libero (back row defensive specialist) finished the four-set match with 10 digs to push her career total to 1,001.

 The Spartans opened the match winning the first set 26-24, then dropped the next three 25-15, 25-16, 25-19.

Freshman Kaylee Stewart (Wilson, NY/Wilson) had a team-high 9 kills, her highest total thus far this season. Emily Milbrand (North Tonawanda, NY/North Tonawanda) was next for D'Youville with 6 kills.

D'Youville trailed 21-20 late in the first set, and closed the set with a Natalie Rieman (West Seneca, NY/Immaculata Academy) service run. Rieman finished the match with a team-high three serve aces.

Head Coach John Hutton called it, "our best single game of the year. We made the last five points the best of that first set."

D'Youville had 11 kills and hit .233 in the first set. That would be their highest offensive output in the match. The Spartans combined to hit -.014 for the rest of the match.

Kayla Deth (Cheektowaga, NY/Holy Angels Academy) and Savannah Brayton (Queensbury, NY/Queensbury) each totaled 11 digs. Alyssa Dueringer (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park) dished a team-high 19 assists and Molly Minkiewicz (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) was the team blocking leader with 2. 

"It's a great step forward," said Hutton. "Now the next step is to put together more than one quality game against good team."

Next on the schedule for D'Youville (3-4) is the Morrisville State Tournament September 14-15.