BUFFALO, NY – The D'Youville women's volleyball team won their first Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) match, defeating Penn State Behrend 3-2 on Wednesday night.
WThe Spartans (8-12, 1-3 AMCC) won the odd sets (25-16, 20-25, 25-23, 19-25, 15-9) to snap the Lions (11-11, 1-3 AMCC) six-match winning streak. Megan Schneider led D'Youville with a double-double, recording 18 digs and 11 kills.
Emily Archer (Butler, PA/Butler) tallied a season-best 11 kill and 11 digs for the double-double. Rachel Frye (Leechburg, PA/Kiski) tied a match high with 14 kills, while Hannah Saunders (Elizabeth, PA/Elizabeth Forward) registered 40 assists, 12 digs and seven kills. The senior setter is now four assists away from moving into fourth place on the all-time list.
The Spartans won six of the last seven points in the first set to turn a four-point lead into the set victory at 25-16. Behrend relinquished the lead they built to start the second set, falling behind one point at 10-9. With a pair of aces from Amanda Henry (Bridgeville, PA/South Fayette) and a two kills apiece from Archer and Frye, the Lions pulled ahead 18-13 and stayed out front for a 25-20 win.
D'Youville took advantage of a few Behrend errors down the stretch in set three to regain the lead in the match with a 25-23 decision. A 12-3 advantage in the fourth set aided the Lions to stay alive for the decisive fifth set.
The Spartans used an 8-2 run including three points by aces to break the 7-all tie in the fifth set for a 15-9 victory and the match.
Madison Clapper (Hollidaysburg, PA/Hollidaysburg) was one of five Behrend players with double-digit digs, recording a match-high 20.
The Lions return to action on Saturday at La Roche along with Pitt-Greensburg. Matches start at 1 p.m.