Buffalo, NY – The D'Youville women's volleyball team got a huge win on Wednesday evening, defeating the Penn State-Behrend Lions by the final score of 3-2.
Halfway through the first set, it seemed that the Spartans would be the dominate team throughout the match. D'Youville went from a one-point advantage to leading the Lions 17-12. They then extended their lead to six at 19-13 and continued their first set dominance to the end, taking the first 25-16.
Behrend began the first set by bouncing back from their first set loss and taking a 7-2 lead. However the Spartans found their form again to tie the match at eight before the Lions would retake the lead. Originally tied at 10, the Lions went up by six over D'Youville with a 20-14 lead. The Spartans pulled back to within two at 22-20, but Behrend would score the final three points to tie the match at one by winning the second set 25-20.
Carrying over from their win in the second set, the Lions found themselves up over the Spartans again, leading them 11-7 in the third set. Still leading by four at 19-15, the Spartans scored six of the next seven points to take the lead from the Lions. Behrend would then tie it at 21-21, but D'Youville would win their second set of the match by scoring four of the next seven points and grabbing a 25-23 win.
Looking to stave off elimination, the Lions came out with authority in the fourth. Holding a 6-1 lead, the Behrend increased their lead to 12-3 before the Spartans would come roaring back. The women would pull to within four points at 16-12 and then put themselves right on the heels of the Lions at 21-19. However Behrend would score the next four points of the set to win 25-19 and force a deciding fifth set.
Each team traded shots in the fifth set of the match. D'Youville went up early 3-0 with the Lions answered with three straight points. When the Spartans up 5-3, Behrend was right there to answer and a few minutes later, the two teams were tied at seven. After going up 8-7 to mark the halfway point of the final set, the Spartans took a firm grasp on the match as they outscored the Lions 7-2 to win the set 15-9 and the match 3-2.
D'Youville had several outstanding performances in the match on Wednesday. Megan Schneider (Lockport, NY/Lockport) had an incredible game, leading the team with 18 digs and was second on the team with 11 kills. Also recording a double-double was McKenna Cartonia (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) with 16 assists and 16 digs, also adding two service aces. Abby Booth (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) also had 16 assists in the game, adding two blocks and six kills.
Leading the way in the kill column was Kendyll Smith (Petrolia, PA/Karns City) had a team high 14 with four digs and three blocks. Leading the team in blocks was Lauren Conley (Scotia, NY/Scotia-Glenville) with five to go with her seven kills. Julie Fleming (Tonawanda, NY/Mt. St. Mary's Academy) also had seven kills while Jasmine (North Collins, NY/North Collins) added 16 digs and Alexandra Bubar (Wilson, NY/Wilson) recorded 14 and a team high three service aces. Samantha Murray (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) recorded four digs with a kill and a block in the match.
The women will soon have a pair of opportunities to build upon their big win. This Saturday, October 14 the women will travel to La Roche to play Pitt.-Greensburg and La Roche at La Roche. Game one against Greensburg is at 1:00pm with game two against the Redhawks coming at 3:30pm.