Buffalo, NY - The D'Youville women's volleyball team played their final non-conference match of the season on Thursday evening, falling to the Houghton Highlanders by the final score of 3-0.
Houghton got out to a sizable lead in the first set, leading 12-5. The deficit for the Spartans would be trimmed to five at 20-15, but the Highlanders would go on to win the first set 25-18.
In the second set, D'Youville would begin to turn it on as they led 6-4 and then again at 13-10. That lead grew to five at 18-13, but Houghton would come back to tie the match at 19-19. Continuing their strong run in the second, the Highlanders would score six of the next eight points to win the second 25-21.
Fighting to stay in the match, the Spartans came out hot in the third to lead 11-4. That lead grew to eight points at 18-10 before Houghton would start to get rolling. The Highlanders started to chip away at the D'Youville lead, but the Spartans went up 23-17 to take control of the set. However, Houghton would end the match by scoring eight consecutive points to win the third 25-23 and the match 3-0.
Talia Wright (Derby, NY/Lake Shore) led the team with 15 digs with Angela Filkov (North Collins, NY/North Collins) tallying 19 assists. Sarah Wittek (Elma, NY/Iroquois) had a team high 10 kills while Brianna Damstetter (Buffalo, NY/City Honors) added seven. Filkov, Samantha Murray (Hamburg, NY/Frontier), and Wittek each had two service aces while Wittek had a team high three blocks.
Desiree Walters (Oswego, IL/Oswego) added eight digs with Carly Milleville (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) registering five kills, six digs, and two blocks. McKenna Cartonia (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) ended the match with seven assists while Lauren Conley (Scotia, NY/Scotia-Glenville) had three kills. Julia Peinkofer (Elma, NY/Iroquois) added four kills and four digs against the Highlanders.
The next pair of matches for the Spartans will come this Saturday, October 19 as they travel to Penn State-Altoona. Their first match of the day will be at 10:00am against the host Lions with their second match of the day starting at 12:00pm against Pitt.-Greensburg.