Women's Volleyball falls short at Saint Joseph

Gillian Criddle

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. --- The Becker College women's volleyball team lost in four sets at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) on Thursday everning at the O'Connell Center in West Hartford, Connecticut. The Blue Jays won in four sets (28-26, 23-25, 25-23, 25-22) to improve to 6-6 on the season, while the Hawks slip to 5-4 with the loss.

First Set: USJ 28-26
• The score was tied eight times and saw it change hands five times in a back-and-forth opening set.
• USJ would build a lead early on, 7-3, following the second kill of the set by Epps.
• The Hawks would rally though with four straight points to level things up 7-7 after a kill by sophomore Emily Peterman (Vancouver, Wash.)
• Saint Joseph answered with a 4-0 spurt of their own to rebuild an 11-7 edge capped by a Lestrud kill.
• The Blue Jays raced out to their largest lead, 18-12, on a service ace from junior Lauren Pelletier (South Windsor, Conn.).
• Becker would come storming back late with a 10-4 run to tie it up 22-22, fueled by three kills from senior Kayla Dupree (North Bergen, N.J.).
• The Hawks would stave off a pair of set points, but eventually, the Blue Jays prevailed on their third chance with a Miller kill to take the opening set, 28-16.

Second Set: Becker 25-23
• USJ would once again build a significant early lead, 19-12, in the second set.
• The Hawks didn't concede though and slowly chipped away at Saint Joseph's lead to bring it back within striking distance, 21-19.
• After the visitors managed to tie things up at 22-all, they would outscore the Blue Jays 3-1 to close the set and level the match 1-1.
• Peterman sent home a kill to account for the set-winning point.

Third Set: USJ 25-23
• Becker would charge out in front to open the third set and held a slight lead, 11-7.
• The Blue Jays would show their come-from-behind prowess and answered with an 8-4 run to even the set at 15-15.
• Both teams would trade points before the Hawks surged ahead once again, 21-17, following a solo block by Dupree.
• However, USJ came alive late and scored the final five points powered by a pair of kills from Epps, including the set-winning kill, to take the third set, 25-23.

Fourth Set: USJ 25-22
• The fourth and final set proved to be much like the other three in a hard-fought battle between both teams.
• USJ would lead early, 10-7, before the Hawks rallied to tie the set 12-12, and then go ahead 17-13.
• In total, it was a 10-3 run by the Hawks to build the 17-13 lead looking to force a decisive fifth set.
• The Blue Jays responded on their home court with a quick 4-0 spurt to level things back up 17-all and swing the momentum.
• They would carry that over and close the set and the match with an 8-5 run to claim the four-set victory.

Up Next
The Hawks are back in action on Saturday when they play host to Eastern Nazarene University at 12:00 p.m.