Easton, Pa. – The Morehead State volleyball team fell in four sets to Marist and then beat Fairleigh Dickinson in five to open the Crosstown Challenge. They fell 25-21 (MC), 25-17 (MSU), 25-18 (MC), 25-18 (MC) to Marist and then defeated FDU 25-20 (MSU), 25-20 (FDU), 25-20 (FDU), 25-18 (MSU), 15-8 (MSU).
After falling in the first game of the day to Marist, MSU fell behind 2-1 to FDU in the night cap. But, they would pull away late in the fourth set, 25-18, to force a fifth, and then jump out to a quick 7-3 lead in the pivotal fifth set. The Knights then bounced back with four straight points to even the set at seven. Head coach Jaime Gordon called a timeout and his team responded by outscoring FDU 8-1 to close out the set and the match, 15-8. They won the last five points of the match, three of which came off of kills by senior Hannah Sigala.
Sigala finished the match with nine kills, hitting .304.
Freshmen Merideth Jewell continued her impressive play by finishing with 19 kills on 47 total attacks. Junior Sydney Schuler recorded 12 kills and sophomore Alli Evans had 10. Overall, the Eagles had 57 kills, hitting .209, to the Knights 41, who hit just .098.
“Today was a day of growth for our program,” said Gordon. “We struggled executing in different areas, but eventually came together as a team and fought through for a victory. We are battling through some adversity right now, and I am proud of the way that some of our players are stepping up to the challenge. We have yet to get into a consistent rhythm in our game and we will work on increasing our consistencytomorrow.”
In the opener against Marist, after losing the first set, they quickly fell behind 3-0 to start the second. They then outscored Marist 25-14 the rest of the way, en route to winning 25-17. 18 of their 25 points were scored off of kills, eight of which came from Jewell. Jewell, who was named OVC Newcomer of the Week after her first three collegiate games, finished the match with a career-high 26 kills. She now has 91 kills in just five games.
Junior Bailey Nichol also had a strong game for the Eagles, as she recorded 45 assists, eight digs, and five kills, while hitting .500.
Overall, MSU finished with 58 kills, hitting .214, while Marist had 44 and hit .303.