Pittsburgh, PA - The D'Youville women's volleyball team ended their 2019 season on Saturday afternoon by falling to the La Roche Redhawks by the final of 3-1.
Set number one of the afternoon was a back-and-forth affair from the two teams. The set was tied 10-10 before La Roche would start to pull away. Their lead was at three at 18-15 before growing to 23-16 and eventually a first set win at 25-17.
D'Youville would respond by scoring the first six points of the second set, but the Redhawks would respond with the next four points to trail 6-4. The gap remained at two at 13-11 before La Roche tied up the second at 19, However, the Spartans would rally to score six of the next seven points to take the second 25-20.
The third set was equally as competitive as the first two as the score was tied early at 10-10. From that point on, La Roche would begin to take control as they went ahead 18-13. Still trailing by five at 21-16, D'Youville would come back to trail by one at 21-20 and then tie the third at 21-21. Unfortunately for the Spartans, the Redhawks would gain some late momentum to take the third 25-22.
Continuing their late success in the third, La Roche opened up the fourth with a 12-5 lead. The Spartans would not give up as they came roaring back to tie the fourth at 14-14. However, the Redhawks would close out the fourth strong to win the set 25-19 and the match 3-1.
McKenna Cartonia (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) led the team with 33 assists while Samantha Murray (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) led the team with 10 kills. Carly Milleville (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) recorded a team high 19 digs while Talia Wright (Derby, NY/Lake Shore) tallied 18 with Mikaela Milleville, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) added nine.
Sarah Wittek (Elma, NY/Iroquois) was second on the team with 10 kills as Julia Peinkofer (Elma, NY/Iroquois) and Brianna Damstetter (Buffalo, NY/City Honors) each had six. Lauren Conley (Scotia, NY/Scotia-Glenville) added one with seven digs.