Buffalo, NY – The D'Youville women's volleyball team won their home opener on Wednesday evening, defeating the Caazenovia Wildcats by the final score of 3-0.
D'Youville led early in the first set 8-4 before Cazenovia came back to tie it at 9-9. The Spartans then began to pull away from the Wildcats as they outscored Cazenovia 12-5, taking a 21-14 lead. With a seven-point lead, the Spartans would hold that lead to the end, closing out the first match by the score of 25-18.
Both teams played an even set in the second, with the scored tied at 5-5 and then again at 9-9. With the score 11-10 D'Youville, the Spartans scored nine unanswered points to take a 20-10 lead over Cazenovia. The Wildcats attempted to get back in striking distance, but the D'Youville lead was too far out of reach as the Spartans went on to win 25-15, taking a 2-0 match lead.
Cazenovia came out strong in the third set of the match with a 9-6 lead over D'Youville. Over the next several points, the Spartans began to get back into the game by tying the score at 11-11 and then taking the lead at 15-11. From that point on, the women went on to outscore the Wildcats 10-5 to win the third set 25-16 and the match 3-0.
The Spartans had an all-around team performance for their first home win. Senior Megan Schneider (Lockport, NY/Lockport) led the team with nine kills while adding 17 digs. Alexandra Bubar (Wilson, NY/Wilson) had a team high 21 digs with McKenna Cartonia (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) added 12 digs and a team high 15 assists. Also reaching double-digit assists was Alyssa Diamond (Angola, NY/Lake Shore) with 12 to go with her nine digs.
Kendyll Smith (Petrolia, PA/Karns City) had five kills in the match with eight digs while Julie Fleming (Tonawanda, NY/Mt. St. Mary's Academy) adding six kills and six digs. Talia Wright (Angola, NY/Lake Shore) recorded four digs in the match with Courtney Kling (Elma, NY/Iroquois) and Alexandra McBride (Elma, NY/Iroquois) each added a kill. Lauren Conley (Scotia, NY/Scotia-Glenville) chipped in with eight kills in the match.
The next pair of matches for D'Youville comes on Saturday, September 16 as the women travel to RIT. The first match of the day comes against RIT at 11:00am while the second comes against Medaille at 1:00pm.