October 12, 2012


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Volleyball vs. Pace - 10/12/12

Syracuse, N.Y. – Nora Rugova registered 15 kills to lead Pace University to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Le Moyne College volleyball team on Friday night in Northeast-10 Conference action at Ted Grant Court.

The Setters opened the match by taking the first game, 25-23. After Pace jumped out to a 9-6 lead, the teams traded 3-0 runs. After a Le Moyne timeout, the teams went back-and-forth with the Dolphins evening up the score at 18-apiece. The Setters then scored four straight points to regain the lead. After the Dolphins tallied consecutive points to get within 24-23, Tamilee Webb and Brooke Speyerer blocked a Le Moyne attack to end the game.

Le Moyne evened the match at one game apiece with a 25-18 victory in the second game. After a Le Moyne service error made the score 6-5 in favor of the Dolphins, Le Moyne scored four straight points to pull away. Following a Pace timeout with the Dolphins leading 15-9, Le Moyne tallied seven of the next 12 points to expand its lead to eight points and force another Pace timeout. The Setters cut their deficit to 24-18 on a service ace by Webb, but then sophomore middle hitter Kristen Willets (Apalachin, N.Y./Vestal) landed a kill to close out the game.

The Dolphins took a 2-1 lead in the match with a 25-21 win in the third game. After the Dolphins scored back-to-back points to pull within 5-4, Pace registered four of the next five points to force a Le Moyne timeout. Out of the timeout, the Dolphins scored six of the first eight points to even the game at 11-11. Pace followed with a 6-2 run of its own to retake a four-point lead. After a kill by Sara Atai gave the Setters a 21-18 edge, the Dolphins scored the final seven points of the game around a pair of Pace timeouts. Senior middle hitter Morgan McDermott (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) had two kills and a service ace in the run, while the Setters committed three attack errors.

Pace stayed alive in the match by recording a 25-18 win in the fourth game. After the Dolphins jumped out to a 4-2 lead, the Setters scored nine straight points and 11 of the next 12 points to take control of the game. After the teams traded 3-0 runs, they split the next eight points before the Dolphins used a 4-1 spurt to pull within 21-16. The Setters then scored three straight points to get within game point. After Le Moyne called a timeout, the Dolphins scored back-to-back points, but could not get any closer as Megan Kurz ended the game with a kill.

The Setters captured the match with a 15-11 win in the fifth game. The teams opened the game by trading 2-0 runs, resulting in a tie at six. After the Dolphins took the lead on block by Willets and senior outside hitter Allison Hebel (Greenlawn, N.Y./Harborfields), the Setters tallied five straight points to take an 11-7 lead and force a Le Moyne timeout. The teams then alternated points before Rugova ended the match with a kill.

McDermott led the Dolphins with a season best-tying 17 kills, while adding four blocks and four digs. Hebel and junior outside hitter Madison Snow (Huntington Beach, Calif./Marina) each registered 11 kills, while Willets posted 10 kills and five blocks. Seniors Kelsey Polanski (Lancaster, N.Y./St. Mary's) and Bethany Fabian (Lake View, N.Y./Frontier) recorded 15 and 13 digs, respectively, while sophomore setter Megan Maisonet (Pine Bush, N.Y./Pine Bush) dished out 49 assists.

Rugova added five digs and two blocks to her team-best kill total. Atai, Webb, Kurz and Harris each registered nine kills, while Atai had four service aces and three blocks and Webb recorded four service aces and five blocks. Elyse Rowland tallied a match-high 19 digs, while Speyerer handed out 45 assists.

Le Moyne (12-6, 3-3 NE-10), which has dropped back-to-back five-game matches, returns to the court on Saturday against Adelphi at 1:00 p.m.