Huntington, PA (October 8, 2022) — The Stevens Institute of Technology women’s volleyball team played two games Saturday to wrap up the Juniata Invitational.
In the opener, the first year Vivian Lisbon Drop a career-high 13 kills and a sophomore Cleo Shannon The Ducks defeated Messiah in five sets (25-22, 21-25, 25-15, 24-26, 15-8), adding 11 points.
In the Nightcap, Shannon finished with a team-high 10 kills, but the Ducks lost to Mary Washington in three sets (25-12, 25-21, 25-19) to finish 15-6.
Mackenzie Feight led Messiah with 11 kills, who fell 14-6 in the final game of the weekend to Mary Washington. Jordan Lyon leads Mary Washington with 13 kills against the Ducks. Mary Washington ended the game 15-5. The game against the Falcons is believed to be the first meeting between the two programs, while the late afternoon game against the Eagles is the first between the two teams since 2017. Interestingly, two of the three historic encounters with Mary Washington have already been staged in Juniata.
free sophomore Bailey Axelrad In three games (12 sets), he averaged 23 goals per game and was named to the best team in the Invitational Tournament. The New Orleans, Louisiana native’s 35 digs for the Messiah is a career high, but also the most of any Duck since 2016. Axelrad entered the conference lead with 4.80 digs per inning.
For the sixth time this season, the Ducks found themselves in five sets. The first four sets were evenly split, with Stevens taking the first and third sets and Messiah taking the second and fourth.
In the third set, the Ducks had 14 kills on 32 possessions and made just three turnovers (0.344 FG%) to take a 2-1 lead in the game by a decisive 25-15 score.Stevens appeared on the edge of the fourth quarter to end the game when the junior blocked two blocks Meg Dion and sophomore Parker Adkins Brought Stevens to match point. Messiah, however, scored eight in a row to force a decisive fifth-set victory.
Lisbon passes from first year after Messiah scores two of first three Gaby Roberts and graduate students Katherine Rigner Put the duck in the front. Rigner followed, extending the lead to two points. Messiah would even score at five, but the 9-0 run kept Stevens ahead forever.primary Liz Patterson Finished the game with her seventh kill. The Ducks improved to 5-1 in five sets this season.
The Ducks bounced back from a sluggish first set against Mary Washington and had early success in the second set as Rigner distributed the ball to Patterson, Shannon and the junior Elle Maggio The Ducks lead 6-5. The Eagles jumped ahead with four points unanswered, but pulled to within one on a Sappia ace and a Maggio kill.
Mary Washington created a 6-point cushion with a 5-point run, but the resilient Ducks scored 5 in a row to force a timeout. Mary Washington scored three of the final four to take the first set after play was suspended.
In the final set, a serve error gave the Ducks an early lead, and the 5-1 game gave the Ducks the biggest lead of the game.killed by seniors Ava Smith Stevens led 15-14, but the Hawks scored 5 points in a row to grab a 4-point advantage. Mary Washington finished with four of the final five points.
inside the numbers
- The Ducks kept Messiah’s shooting percentage in the negative. This is the third time Stevens has held his opponent to .000 or less.
- Stevens and Messiah hit the same percentage in the fourth set.
- The Ducks have made 101 excavations of the Messiah since September 26, 2018 (107 to Vaasa). The 101 digs by any Mid-Atlantic Conference team this season are tied for fourth.
- primary Madison Sapia The game against the Falcons recorded a career-high 19 digs.
- Stevens had a total of eight blocks against the Messiah, while the Falcons had a total of six. Lisbon set a career high with four.
- The Ducks had four aces against Mary Washington, one more than the Hawks.
- Against the Eagles, the Ducks improved their offensive percentage in every set.
- Shannon’s double-digit killing effort brought her season total to 10. She leads the team with 199 kills, third in MAC Freedom.
- Rigner had three aces and a season-high 27 assists in the win over Messiah. She added 14 assists against Mary Washington.
- In October, the women’s volleyball team will travel to Madison, New Jersey. 13 against Drew in a non-conference matchup.
- The teams go to war in August. 31, but Thursday night’s game is considered the first meeting between regular-season teams.
- Live stats and links to videos are available at StevensDucks.com.
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