Altoona, PA - The D'Youville women's volleyball team lost a pair of conference matches on Saturday as they fell to the Penn State-Altoona Lions and Pitt.-Greensburg Bobcats 3-0 each.
Altoona was the dominant team in the first set, defeating the Spartans 25-7. D'Youville would come back in the second set to have a stronger showing. The Spartans would take the lead late as they were up 22-19, but the Lions would compose themselves to win the second 25-23. In the third, the Lions poured it on again as they led early and finished off the match with a 25-13 third set win.
McKenna Cartonia (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) led the team with seven digs and 17 assists in the match. Brianna Damstetter (Buffalo, NY/City Honors) and Sarah Wittek (Elma, NY/Iroquois) led the team with five kills each as Julia Peinkofer (Elma, NY/Iroquois) and Samantha Murray (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) tallied four each.
The Spartans would bounce back to play a more competitive match in their second opportunity of the day against the Bobcats. D'Youville lost the first set 25-12, but would come back to give Greensburg all they could handle in the next two sets.
A 12-8 lead for the Spartans was erased by the Bobcats in the second as Greensburg went ahead 16-15. Tied at 21-21, the Spartans went up by two just for Greensburg to tie it at 23-all. The two teams would continue to battle but the Bobcats would go on to take the second 30-28.
Greensburg went up 8-4 in the third, but the Spartans continue to fight as they took the lead 13-10. Each team would hold the lead as Greensburg led 17-15 with D'Youville then going ahead 20-18. Tied at 24-24, the Bobcats would turn it on to finish off D'Youville 27-25 to win the match 3-0.
Talia Wright (Derby, NY/Lake Shore) collected a team high 20 digs as Cartonia had a team high 19 assists. Wittek led the team with eight kills, three blocks, and three service aces. Mikaela Milleville (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) and Carly Milleville (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara-Whetafield) combined for 14 digs while Lauren Conley (Scotia, NY/Scotia-Glenville) added eight.
The women will next host this Tuesday, October 22 against Alfred State at 7:00pm.