Keuka Park, NY – The D'Youville women's volleyball team opened up their 2016 season on the road Friday evening, falling to the host Keuka Wolfpack by the final score of 3-1.
D'Youville jumped out to an early lead in the first set of the season with a 6-2 lead from Kaylee Stewart (Wilson, NY/Wilson) kill. However, the Wolfpack came back to take a 9-8 lead. Keuka would extend their lead to six at 23-17 but the Spartans cut the deficit to four at 24-20. Within one point at 24-23, D'Youville was close to tying the set, but Keuka went on to receive the extra point and win 25-23.
In the second set, the two teams would play to an even game, remaining with two points of each other for most of the set. Tied at 18, the Spartans would go on to take 21-19 only for Keuka to tie the game at 22. They would then go on to get the next three points and win the second set 25-22.
On the brink of losing the match, D'Youville jumped out to an early 7-4 lead in set number three. The Wolfpack came back to overtake the Spartans with a 19-15 lead and would hold that four-point lead with the score 24-20. Kills from Megan Schneider (Lockport, NY/Lockport) and Julie Fleming (Tonawanda, NY/Mt. St. Mary's Academy) sandwiched by two service aces from Abby Booth (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) put D'Youville back in the driver's seat with a 25-24 lead. A third service ace in five serves from Booth sealed the match for the Spartans with a 26-24 win.
After trailing early in the fourth set, D'Youville came back to tie the set at 11-11. The Wolfpack would then take a five-point lead at 16-11 but the Spartans would respond to tie the set at 22-22. However, Keuka would close out the fourth set with a 3-1 scoring run and win the set 25-23 and the match 3-1.
Schneider led the team with her 16 kills, adding nine digs. Newcomers Jasmine Filkov (North Collins, NY/North Collins) and Alexandra Bubar (Wilson, NY/Wilson) led the team with 19 and 16 digs. Megan McCarthy (Eden, NY/Eden) had a team high five total blocks while Booth led the way with 20 assists.
Head coach Stephanie Kazmierczak saw some promise in her team in the tightly contested match, already looking towards tomorrow as an opportunity to learn from what they learned tonight.
"It was a hard fought match," said Kazmierczak. "We learned what we need to work on still. Just need to bounce back quickly and come ready to play just as hard tomorrow."
The Spartans will face Alfred State and Cazenovia tomorrow in a tri-match in the College Center Gym. D'Youville will play Alfred State at 11am and Cazenovia at 3pm, with the two teams playing each other at 1pm.