Fordham survived several Presbyterian College rallies to take the three-set win in volleyball action in the final match of the Northeastern Invitational held Sept. 9-10, in Boston, Mass. PC dropped the sets by scores of 25-22, 25-22, and 25-19.
How it Happened
Fordham opened the first set 5-0, and extended it to 12-7. PC rallied to a 17-17 tie, helped by four kills, two coming from Samantha Del Toro, and back to back service aces from Mikayla Register. Tied again at 18-18, Fordham took the lead off an Olivia Fairchild kill and built a 22-19 margin before Sierra Davis’ kill made it 22-20. Cutting it to two again, 24-22, off the Del Toro kill, Fairchild stepped up again with a kill herself to take the 25-22 win.
A one to three point difference between both teams for much of the second set, PC used a 4-0 run, up by one, to make it a 15-10 margin. Fordham capitalized on three straight service aces to cut the margin to one, 15-14. PC extended its lead back to four at 18-14, but Fordham kept chipping away, eventually tying it at 21-21. Tied again at 22-22, Fordham rattled off three unanswered, in part to two kills, to take the 25-22 win.
Fordham stormed out of the gates, building a 21-9 lead in the third set. PC clawed its way back, helped by seven kills, five coming from Halle Tripp, to cut the score to six, 24-18. The Blue Hose ran out of time, though, as Kristen Ostach ended the rally and match with kill to give Fordham the 25-19 win.
Players of the Match
Samantha Del Toro paced the team on offense with 11 kills, followed by Sierra Davis and Halle Tripp with seven. Sara Rogers added 27 assists, while Mikayla Register added 11 digs and three service aces.
Olivia Fairchild was tops for Fordham with 14 kills, with Kaitlin Morley behind with 12. Maddy Walsh posted 33 assists and three aces as well. Fairchild put together three aces also.
Stats of the Match
Fordham led the offensive charge with 40 kills and a .239 hitting percentage, compared to 32 kills and .125 for PC. Digs were even at 52, while the Blue Hose held the total block edge, 6-4.
• Samantha Del Toro has posted double-digit kills in the past five of six matches, and has hit over .241 in those as well.
• With three service aces against Fordham, Mikayla Register has had at least one ace in every match this season. Her streak dates back to the final three matches of the 2015 season, making it 13 in a row.
PC drops to 2-8, while Fordham improves to 5-5.
PC heads to Tuscaloosa, Ala., Sept. 16-17, for the Crimson-White Tournament, hosted by Alabama. The Blue Hose take on East Tennessee State and Georgia Southern on Friday at 11 a.m., and 4 p.m., respectively, before facing host school Alabama Saturday at 11 a.m.
How to follow
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