FULTON, Mo.—The Fontbonne University women's volleyball team erased a two-set deficit en route to a key St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) win over Westminster in five sets (21-25, 12-25, 25-22, 25-21, 16-14). Setter Megan Schaller also became the seventh Griffin all-time to reach 1,000 assists.
After a slow start, the Griffins (7-12; 6-7 SLIAC) finished with 57 kills, a .161 hitting percentage, 68 digs, and 14 block assists.
Individually, Kristina Eason posted a season-high 17 kills and 13 digs. She's now just 10 kills away from 1,000 in her career. Victoria Curtice tied her season-high with 12 kills, a .265 hitting percentage, and 12 digs.
Westminster (11-10; 9-5 SLIAC), concluded with 58 kills, a .158 hitting percentage, 78 digs, and 10 block assists. Allie Kennebeck led the match with 18 kills but had 13 errors for a .085 hitting percentage.
Setter Jill Reando dished out a match-high 39 assists, while Bridget Ringwald totaled a match-high 24 digs.
In the first set, the Griffins opened with a 6-0 lead and Eason's kill that made it a 9-5 game gave Schaller her 1,000 career assist. The two teams eventually met-up at 17-17, then a kill from Natalie Needy gave Westminster an 18-17 lead. They were able to fend off Fontbonne the rest of the way and go on for the 25-21 opening set win.
In the second, the Blue Jays took a commanding 11-3 lead. WC stayed hot as they finished with 15 kills and just one error in the set winning, 25-12.
In the third, the Griffins held a marginal 15-13 lead on a block assist from Eason and Emma Seiz. Later, the Blue Jays tied it at 21-21, but consecutive kills from Curtice and Eason put Fontbonne ahead by two.
WC narrowed it down to one on the next point, though another kill from Eason and a block assist once again from Eason and Seiz forced a fourth set with the 25-22 victory.
In the fourth, the Blue Jays tried to put the Griffins away early with a 12-6 lead. Fontbonne continued to chip away at the advantage but still trailed 20-16. Then, the team closed out the set on a 9-1 run for the 25-21 win.
In the finale, the Griffins were the first team in the race to eight points as a Curtice kill gave them the 8-7 advantage. Westminster eventually got the lead back at 12-9, but the Griffins responded with a 5-0 run and were a point away from taking the match.
WC kept things going on a Griffins service and attack error. However, a kill from Rabun and another Blue Jays attack error gave Fontbonne the 16-14 match victory.
The team looks to continue its winning ways on Friday night against Spalding. First-service goes up at 7 p.m.
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