Pittsford, NY - The D'Youville women's volleyball team earned their first victory of the season on Friday evening, defeating the Northern Vermont-Johnson Badgers 3-1.
NVJ took the first set after jumping out to a 9-3 lead. The Spartans would come back to trail by just three at 23-20, but the Badgers would go on to take the first 25-21.
In the second set, D'Youville turned up the intensity as they led 10-5 and then increased their lead to 16-10. Following a point for the Badgers, the Spartans would score six unanswered points to lead 22-11 on their way to a 25-15 second set victory.
After falling behind 5-1 in the third, D'Youville would come back to lead 9-7 early. The two teams would battle closely over the next several minutes as NVJ went ahead 19-18. However, the Spartans would score the next four points to lead 23-18 and win the third 25-21.
Another back-and-forth set took place in the fourth. The Badgers led 7-5 before the Spartans would score the next four points to lead 9-7. D'Youville would take over the match after leading 15-12 and went up 20-14. NVJ would come back to trail by two, but the Spartans would seal the the match with two final points to win the fourth 25-21 and the match 3-1.
Desiree Walters (Oswego, IL/Oswego) led the team with 11 digs with three service aces while Talia Wright (Derby, NY/Lake Shore) tallied nine. Sarah Wittek (Elma, NY/Iroquois) registered a team high 10 kills and tied Mikaela Milleville (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) with a team high four blocks.
Julia Peinkofer (Elma, NY/Iroquois) tallied nine blocks while Angela Filkov (North Collins, NY/North Collins) had a team high 20 assists. Carly Milleville (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) led the team with five service aces. Brianna Damstetter (Buffalo, NY/City Honors) added six kills with Lauren Conley (Scotia, NY/Scotia-Glenville) added two service aces. McKenna Cartonia (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) totaled four assists while Samantha Murray (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) played well in the win.
The next pair of matches for the Spartans comes tomorrow in day two at St. John Fisher as they play Wells at 3:00pm and St. John Fisher at 5:00pm.