Rochester, NY - The D'Youville women's volleyball suffered a hard fought defeat to the Nazareth Golden Flyers on Friday evening by the final score of 3-1.
The Spartans came out strong in the match and set the tone early. Tied at 13-13, D'Youville would lead 16-14 before Nazareth would come back and take a two-point lead at 22-20. As they continued to fight, the Spartans were able to regain the lead and stopped the Golden Flyers from scoring as they would come back and take set one 25-22.
Nazareth then responded with an 11-4 lead in the second set that grew to 19-9. D'Youville would then begin to chip away at the Golden Flyer lead as they came back to trail by three at 21-18, but Nazareth would score the remainder of the points in the second to win 25-18.
Again in the third set Nazareth got out to an early advantage as they led 14-9. The Spartans would again work hard and eventually take the lead at 18-16 before the set became tied at 20-20. Down 23-21, D'Youville would surrender the two of the next three points as they lost the third 25-22 and fell behind in the match 2-1.
The Golden Flyers took a large lead to begin the fourth as they were ahead 15-5 and then 20-10. That lead increased to 23-13 but D'Youville had an incredible comeback as they rallied off nine consecutive points to trail by one at 23-22. Within one point of the match victory at 24-22, Nazareth nearly clinched the victory but the Spartans would keep scoring to tie the match at 26-26. However, the Golden Flyers were able to score the next two points to close out the match 3-1 with a 28-26 fourth set victory.
Desiree Walters (Oswego, IL/Oswego) had an outstanding day with a season and career high of 31 digs. Brianna Damstetter (Buffalo, NY/City Honors) led the team with 10 kills while Julia Peinkofer (Elma, NY/Iroquois) added seven and Sarah Wittek (Elma, NY/Iroquois) tallied eight. Carly Milleville (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) registered 12 digs with Angela Filkov (North Collins, NY/North Collins) narrowly missing a double-double with a team high 22 assists and nine digs.
D'Youville will play again next weekend on Friday, September 20 at St. John Fisher where they will play Northern Vermont-Johnson at 7:00pm. They will then play again on Saturday against Wells at 3:00pm and against the host Cardinals at 5:00pm - both hosted by St. John Fisher.