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Griffins Set Season-High Mark In Kills Against Blue Jays, Andrews Records Double-Double

Photo credit: Sports Information Graduate Assistant, Kylie Lang
Photo credit: Sports Information Graduate Assistant, Kylie Lang

ST. LOUIS, Mo.—The Fontbonne University women's volleyball team opened its conference play with a tough three-set loss against Westminster on Wednesday night.

Final: Westminster 3, Fontbonne 0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-21)

Location: DSAC

Records: Westminster 5-5 (3-0 SLIAC), Fontbonne 0-10 (0-1 SLIAC)

How It Happened

In the first set, a kill from Jill Reando narrowed the deficit down to 9-7. However, the Blue Jays went on a 7-0 run to own a 16-7 lead on a block assist from Teresa Becker and Sarah Rivers. Fontbonne got to within five (20-15), though the Blue Jays finished out the set on a 5-1 run for the 25-16 win.

It was the same story early in the second set with Fontbonne trailing 9-7 on a Westminster attack error. WC answered with a 6-0 run this time around to gain the necessary breathing room, 15-7. From there, the Blue Jays were able to go on for the 25-15 victory.

In the third set, it was a back-and-forth battle throughout but consecutive kills from Emma Seiz and Rae Andrews tied it up at 15-15.

The two teams went point-for-point and eventually Fontbonne earned a 19-18 lead on a kill from Maura Rabun. However, the Blue Jays responded with a 4-0 run and were able to close out the match on Ashley Kistatitis' kill for the 25-21 set and match win.

Statistically, the third set was one of the best on the year for Fontbonne with 17 kills and just two attack errors for a .375 hitting percentage.

Inside The Numbers

  • Offensively, the Griffins set new season-high marks in kills (34) and assists (29).
  • The team concluded with a .162 hitting percentage and 44 digs.
  • The Blue Jays ended with 43 kills and a .311 hitting percentage.

Fontbonne Leaders

Westminster Leaders

  • The Blue Jays were led by the Eryka Wanyoni's 11 kills and .375 hitting percentage.
  • Ashley Kistaitis added 10, while Natalie Needy finished with nine kills and a match-high .643 hitting percentage.
  • Setter Teresa Becker added a match-high 39 assists.
  • Defensively, Becker and Erica Scharder tied with eight digs each.

Up Next

The team returns to action on the road this weekend for three matches. First-up on Friday night the Griffins take on Eureka. First-service at 7 p.m.

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