ST. LOUIS, Mo.—The Fontbonne University women's volleyball team dropped a tough four set (18-25, 26-24, 16-25, 18-25) outing against Principia on Tuesday night.
The Griffins (4-9; 3-6 SLIAC), totaled 38 kills but what stood out was its play on the defensive side of the net with the team totaling 98 digs and 10 block assists.
The Panthers (12-2; 5-1 SLIAC), were dominant offensively with its 60 kills and astounding 129 digs. Emily Tippetts played well with her match-high 22 kills and .385 hitting percentage. Sophia Hathaway, meanwhile, contributed 17 kills and 13 digs.
Setter Devon Marunde handed out 48 assists, while libero Mia Gill had a match-high 40 digs in the win.
In the first set, it was Principia jumping out to the 13-10 lead after a Griffins attack error. They held that marginal lead up until FBU tied it at 16-16 on Abby Grumich's kill. However, the Panthers closed out the set on a 9-2 run, winning 25-18.
In the second frame, Fontbonne went on a 4-0 run to take a 10-8 lead over the Panthers on Schaller's service ace. They maintained that advantage until Principia tied it at 16-all on Devon Marunde's kill.
From then on, the two teams went point-for-point but it was Principia leading late at 24-22 after a Griffins attack error. FBU wasn't done, however, as a service error and a kill from Eason tied it at 24-24.
Then, consecutive kills from Grumich and Eason gave Fontbonne the 26-24 second set victory.
In the third, after the set was tied at 7-7, a 5-0 run by the Panthers gave them some breathing room at 12-7.
They built off that run extending its lead out to 18-11 on Hathaway's kill. It was all Principia the rest of the way with them taking the third set, 25-16.
With Fontbonne needing the fourth to force a fifth and final set, they were able to take the early lead at 8-6 on a Panthers set error. Later, Principia went on to regain the advantage at 13-12 and expanded its lead out to 20-15.
Emma Seiz came out with the kill on the following play to make it 20-16, but Principia fended off the Griffins, winning the set and the match, 25-18.
FBU will be back at it this weekend in another SLIAC outing as they'll pay a visit to Spalding on Saturday. First-serve goes up at 11 a.m.
Fans make sure to stay updated on fontbonnegriffins.com throughout the year for full updates and recaps on the women's volleyball team.