NEW HAVEN, CT- The Southern Connecticut Owls welcomed in the Felician College Golden Falcons Wednesday night in Pelz Gym. Felician fought hard but the Owls took the match in 3 straight sets.
In Set 1, SCSU got out to a 12 to 3 lead, though Felician would come back, the Owls were able to hold a sizable lead wrapping up the set 25-13. Southern’s offense included an early Ace from Kimberly Lachowicz, a kill through the defense from Lauren McVey, a tap to a gap by Sarah Beres, Jade Black placed the ball in a middle gap, McVey picked up the second ace of the day for the Owls, Syriah Celestine picked up a kill, Black had two more kills, McVey hacked an attack off the block, Olivia Lathrop added a put down while receiving a set. Black would add more kills before the set wrapped up, and Lathrop and Beres did as well. Beres also picked up a late service ace.
For Felician Susan McKeever picked up one of her three service aces on the day early, Olivia Emerson, Jenna Matesic, Kayla Gallagher, and Alexa Scrivanich, all added their own kills, and Scrivanich and Matesic shared a block late in the set. Gallagher struck again a few times, and McKeever used a fake set to mislead the defense before sending the ball over to the floor.
Southern’s lead in the second set was smaller but they were still up 12-9, before pulling out to an 18-9 advantage following an unanswered run. With such a lead, Felician did pick up some more points but the five they did get was not enough to overcome the lead and the Owls ended the set 25-14.
For Southern Lachowicz got things rolling with a service ace, and Kelly Gunneson added an ace as well several points later. Beres picked up numerous kills and several blocks including her wall that just stopped a mid court attack cold when it smashed into her hands. McVey and Celestine were also in on scoring. Late in the set Black had three kills of varying types, and McVey ended the set with her own spike.
Felician benefited from a variety of Southern attack errors, but also from offensive attacks including kills from Matesic including one into a corner gap of the defense. Gallagher added a spike late as well.
In the decisive set 3, Southern would once again take the lead reaching a 14-8 advantage before a time out, but Felician was able to close a more sizable gap to stay alive late.
Southern’s points came from sources included early kills from McVey and Gunneson. Vanessa Sullivan kept a play alive with a dive and Gunneson raced into the seats later in the rally to set up an eventual kill from Natasha Carlbert. McVey picked up another ace prior to Beres placed a precision attack into a gap. McVey struck again later, and Morgan Carman served up two aces during one stint serving. Sullivan added two of her own late sandwiched around Beres and Lachowicz sharing a block. McVey also used tactics to place a kill to an empty Felician back court, Carlbert came up with a late crushing of a spike, and Lathrop picked up another late spike to help fend off a Felician rally. Carlbert ended the set and match as her attack hit a defender and flew out of bounds.
Felician opened up the set with Gallagher winning a joust at the net, and hitting it around the blockers, Scrivanich added a block, Anni Polscher sent a kill just in bounds, Matesic also won a battle at the net, and Gallagher spiked the ball off the hands of the Owls on its way out of bounds. Emerson picked up a kill that led off a comeback rally, Scrivanich and Polscher shared a block, Scrivanich put the ball over after that. McKeever picked up the last ace of the set as well.
As of this time, final stats for the game were not available.