Buffalo, NY- The D'Youville Women's Volleyball team couldn't come out on top today after going 1-3 against the Houghton Highlanders. The Spartans are ow 0-2 after their first weekend of the season.
Starting the match off strong, the Spartans and Highlanders traded points back and forth until a kill by Jenna Bittinger from Houghton put the Highlanders up 9-6. With a service ace by Angela Filkov (North Collins, NY/ North Collins) and two errors by Houghton, the Spartans tied the score at 9. D'Youville continued playing catch up and coming back to tie the score until both teams hit 21. The Spartans kept the lead and won the first game of the match 25-22.
The second game had both team taking their turn with having the lead. With the score being tied at 8-8, the Highlanders took off and didn't look back. The team was able to capitalize on errors made by D'Youville, and D'Youville not being able to do the same with Houghton's, to keep the lead the rest of the set and end the game 25-16.
Unlike the first two sets, D'Youville was not able to get points in, in the beginning of game. The Spartans slowly chipped away at their deficit. First kills by both Samantha Murray (Hamburg, NY/ Frontier) and Carly Milleville (Niagara Falls, NY/ Niagara-Wheatfield) to make the score 3-6, and then one by Sarah Wittek (Elma, NY/ Iroquois) and two errors made by Houghton to make the score 7-11. The Highlanders went on a five-point run to increase their lead 17-8. With a four-point run by D'Youville to make the score 13-18, the team could not finish the comeback they needed; ending the game 16-25.
The fourth and final game of the afternoon, showed off the Spartans offense in the first few points. Talia Wright (Derby, NY/ Lake Shore) got one point for D'Youville with a service ace, while Lauren Conley (Scotia, NY/ Scotia-Glenville) added two kills to her stats to get the Spartans a 4-1 lead. The team held the lead until the Highlanders tied it at 7. Houghton took the lead at 11-7 and held on to it for the rest of the match. D'Youville tried to take points back but couldn't do so. The set ended 25-16, Houghton.
Leading the Spartans was Wittek with 7 kills. Brianna Damstetter (Buffalo, NY/ City Honors) and C. Milleville added 6 kills each. Filkov led the team in assists with 14, whileMcKenna Cartonia (Lancaster, NY/ Lancaster) added 12 of her own. The Spartan defense made some impact during the game as well. Desiree Walters (Oswego, IL/ Oswego) put up ten digs, while Damstetter and Wittek got up to each get two blocks.
D'Youville heads on the road next weekend to the Clarkson tournament. The team will face Brockport at 6 pm and St. Lawerence at 8 pm on Friday, September 6; and will face Wheaton (Mass.) and Clarkson on Saturday, September 7 at 3 pm and 5 pm.