Lions Earn Five-Set Win Over Medaille
ERIE, Pa. – The Penn State Behrend women's volleyball team earned its fourth straight and third Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) win with a thrilling five-set victory over Medaille on Wednesday night in the Junker Center.
It was a see-saw battle between the conference foes, with the Lions (9-5, 3-0 AMCC) taking a 2-1 lead in the match after dropping the first set, 25-17. Behrend won 25-19 and 28-26 in the second and third set, respectively. The Mavericks (3-10, 2-1 AMCC) came from behind to take the fourth set, 25-23, and the Lions won the decisive set, 15-13.
Alyssa Pears (Meadville, PA/Meadville) led Behrend with 14 kills, including seven in the crucial third set. She also added nine digs and two aces. Tory Storino (Pittsburgh, PA/Baldwin) had a game-high 32 digs.
Medaille's Meghan Fahy, the AMCC Preseason Player of the Year, led all players with22 kills and six blocks. Setter Simmone Talford dished out a game-best 53 assists and four aces.
In the second set, Pears stretched the Lions 4-3 lead to 12-3 on eight straight serves. The Mavericks used a run of their own to get within four at 23-19, but an attack error and ace by Catherine Healy (Connellsville, PA/Connellsville) secured the win.
With nine ties in the third set, Pears registered three consecutive kills to keep Behrend in the game. At 26-all, Pears got the point before serving the set point and getting the ace for the 2-1 edge in the match.
Medaille, down by six points, rallied back to send the match into a fifth set thanks to four aces from Talford and five kills by Susan Muldoon.
In the fifth set, back-to-back kills by Healy gave Behrend a two-point lead at 13-11. A service error and kill by Fahy knotted the game at 13-all. The next point was an attack error and Pears tallied her 14th kill of the night to keep the Lions undefeated in conference play.
The Lions are back in action on Tuesday at Hilbert. Match begins at 7 p.m.