ST. LOUIS, Mo.—The Fontbonne University women's volleyball team split the season series and won its first game in front of the home crowd after defeating MacMurray in four sets (25-15; 19-25, 25-15, 25-17).
The Griffins (4-11; 4-7 SLIAC), totaled a season-high 48 kills in a four-set match and set a new season-high with 15 service aces. Individually, Kristina Eason had herself a night with 13 kills, a .333 hitting percentage, seven service aces, nine digs, and two block assists.
Megan McKenzie also had a strong night on the offensive side of the net with a season-high 12 kills and .500 hitting percentage.
MacMurray (7-16; 4-7 SLIAC), concluded with 29 kills, a .107 hitting percentage, and 12 block assists. Brooke Hadley and Mariah Market led with six kills each. Defensively, Alexis Moore compiled a match-high 17 digs.
In the first set, the Highlanders opened with a 14-10 lead on a bad set by the Griffins. Fontbonne answered with an 8-0 run on McKenzie's kill.
The Highlanders got the next point back, but the Griffins finished off the set on a 7-0 run to win the opener, 25-15.
In the second, it was a kill from McKenzie that narrowed the deficit down to 12-10. MacMurray gained some breathing room with the next four points and expanded its advantage out to 24-16. Fontbonne collected the next three points, but the comeback was not to be with MacMurray going on for the 25-19 win.
It was all Fontbonne in the third. The team grabbed a 14-5 lead on Eason's service ace and that forced the Highlanders staff to take a timeout.
The Griffins kept rolling from there and never looked back en route to the 25-15 win. It was an impressive display offensively by the Griffins in the third with its match-high 15 kills.
It was a back-and-forth outing in the fourth as both teams met-up at 14-14 on a kill from Eason. Then, Fontbonne collected the next five points to take the 19-14 lead.
It was all Griffins the rest of the way as a kill from Maura Rabun sent the crowd home happy with the 25-17 set and match win.
Fontbonne returns to the court on Wednesday night as they'll host Eureka College. First-service at 7 p.m.
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