LOUISVILLE, Ky.— The Fontbonne University women's volleyball team dropped its regular season series against Spalding as the Griffins fell in four sets (25-21, 20-25, 16-25, 25-27) on Saturday.
FBU (4-10; 3-7 SLIAC), finished with 39 kills, a hitting percentage of .134 and 75 digs as a team. Oliva Tallo led them on both sides of the net with her 11 kills and 12 digs. Setter Megan Schaller handed out a season-high 30 assists, while Kristian Eason contributed a team-high 19 digs.
Spalding (3-12; 3-5 SLIAC), ended the afternoon with 60 kills a .246 hitting percentage. The duo of Claudia Spivey and Ashley Chase totaled 17 and 16 kills respectively. Amanda Patterson dished out a match-high 50 assists, while Koti Weaver added 23 of the teams 87 digs.
In the first set, Fontbonne opened with a 10-7 lead on a Golden Eagles attack error. They stretched it out to 17-10 on a kill from Emma Seiz, but Spalding responded with an 8-2 run to cut the lead down to 19-18 on Ashley Chase's kill. However, the Griffins were able to regroup and close out the Golden Eagles, taking the first set 25-21.
In the second set, Spalding held the lead early but the Griffins were able to take it back at 11-10 on a Golden Eagles attack error. The two teams went point-for-point as they met-up once again at 17-17.
Then, the Golden Eagles went on a 3-0 run to get some breathing room at 20-17 on Chase's service ace. Fontbonne got it back down to 21-20 after another SU attack error, however, Spalding collected the final four points and went on for the 25-20 win on Spivey's kill.
In the third, Spalding took a commanding 11-2 lead out of the gate. FBU gathered themselves and caught fire, narrowing the lead down to 16-14 on a Golden Eagles attack error. Spalding got the lead back out to five at 20-15 and were able to hang on for the 25-16 win.
In the fourth, Fontbonne came out much faster in the all-important set as they took a 10-9 lead on Tallo's kill. They stretched it out to 20-14, but Spalding answered with a 6-0 run to tie it at 20-20.
FBU earned the next three points and were a point away from forcing a fifth set as they were on top 24-22 on Tallo's kill. Spalding wasn't going quietly, however, as they met-up with the Griffins at 24-24 on a FBU attack error.
Both teams traded points to even it at 25-25, but kills from Morgan Berning and Theresa Kwarciany secured the 27-25 set and match win.
Fontbonne will be back in action next Wednesday when they'll take on Webster University. First-serve goes up at 7 p.m.
Fans make sure to stay updated on fontbonnegriffins.com throughout the year for full updates and recaps on the women's volleyball team.