Womens volleyball face off against Rochester, ChicagoPosted on October 21, 2013 | by Kenneth Lim
The NYU women’s volleyball team took part in this year’s second UAA round robin over the weekend, held in St. Louis, Mo. The Violets went 2-2, defeating the University of Rochester and Brandeis University, but coming up short against the University of Chicago and host school Washington University in St. Louis.
NYU came from behind to win against Rochester on Saturday after losing the first set 18-25. Senior CAS captain outsider hitter Alexandria Mao notched 15 kills, leading the Violets to win the next three sets 25-11, 25-15 and 25-11. SCPS senior outside hitter Perri Goldberg had a strong showing as well, with 13 kills and 15 digs. Gallatin junior outside hitter Allie Williams and LSP sophomore setter Emily Moore also contributed to the victory with seven kills and 39 assists respectively.
Unfortunately, the Violets fell to Chicago in straight sets later in the day, losing 25-19, 25-18 and 25-20. Still, LSP freshman libero MaTia Hughes recorded a match-high 18 digs, and NYU out dug Chicago 57-54.
“Our consistent serve-receive and ability to put the ball away enabled us to come back against Rochester,” head coach Jolie Ward said. “We did not play our best volleyball against Chicago … we just never found our rhythm.”
On Sunday, Oct. 20, the team lost to Washington in straight sets. The Violets raced to a 3-0 lead in the first set, but dropped the next nine points. It was a similar story in the next set, as NYU led 11-2 before Washington won nine of the last 10 points. The Washington University Bears eventually took the set 25-22 and controlled the third set from start to finish, winning 25-14.
But the Violets managed to end the UAA round robin on a high note, as they defeated Brandeis 3-1. In a reverse of the Washington match, NYU overturned a 15-17 deficit, taking 10 of the next 12 points and winning the first set. The squad repeated the performance in the second set, overcoming a 5-3 deficit to win the next five points in a row, eventually taking the set 25-10. Brandeis won 26-24 in the third, but it proved to be just a bump as the Violets closed out the match with a commanding 25-7 victory in the final set.
Williams dominated with 18 kills, a career best, while Moore contributed an impressive 44 assists. CAS junior setter Katie Robinson and LSP sophomore middle blocker Nicole Frias also notched eight kills each.
“This weekend was tough for us,” Mao said. “There were a lot of things we could have and should have done but didn’t. We definitely have our work cut out for us. We are happy that we came out 2-2 but I know we could have played better.”
The weekend’s results leave the Violets fourth in the conference, with a 20-4 all season record. They next play the Polytechnic Institute of NYU at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at Tear it Up! presented by Violet Nation.
Kenneth Lim is a contributing writer. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.