The NYU women’s volleyball team played Richard Stockton College and Cabrini College in Galloway, N.J. on Oct. 20. The Violets split their matches, losing against Richard Stockton and capturing a victory against Cabrini.
The Violets had to play two matches in one day at the Osprey Classic tri-match . The first match was played against host Richard Stockton College. The Violets fought hard in the first set but lost 25-17, though they won the second set by a resounding 15-25. The third set ended with a 25-14 loss, but NYU was determined to come back in the fourth set. Although they had seven more kills than the hosts, the Violets failed to capture the win, losing 25-23.
“Our team has a tendency to check out throughout the game and create unnecessary mental errors, and that’s what happened in the game against Stockton,” junior outside hitter Perri Goldberg said.
Junior captain Alexandria Mao, fondly referred to by her teammates as “the Chairman,” recorded 16 kills with a .343 hitting percentage. Together, freshman Emily Moore and junior captain Hope Bogle, both setters, totaled 34 assists. Goldberg, NYU’s best all around player, was notable with nine offensive kills and eight defensive digs. Senior captain Kaylee Schanda had 18 digs as libero. The Cabrini Cavaliers came out with a balanced attack, but they were no match for the Violets. NYU took the first two sets, 25-19 and 27-25, respectively. The Cavaliers had the upper hand in the third set, winning by five points (20-25). NYU went on to win the game with a fourth set score of 25-18.
“Mao and I picked apart their back row by switching up our line and cross shots, while Kaylee and Hope dominated their serve-receive with aggressive serves,” Goldberg said. “Hope and Mackenzie’s sets were really consistent, which allowed us to attack their defense.”
Mao and Goldberg shined, recording 18 and 15 kills, respectively. Bogle helped run the offense with 28 assists. Outside hitter sophomore Vera Shulgina recorded nine kills and six digs in the match.
“After a week of tough individualized practices, it was nice to see what we worked on implemented in the game from all of our players,” Goldberg said.
Between the three teams, it was difficult to determine who was the weekend’s most dominant squad. Cabrini College defeated Richard Stockton 3-1, and each team ended the day with a 1-1 record.
“It was a good weekend and we worked out a lot,” Mao said. “It was nice to get a win after a tough couple weeks and a good build of momentum going into UAA Championship.”
NYU will play at Baruch College at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24.
A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Oct. 22 print edition. Nico Cantor is a contributing writer. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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