Oakdale, NY-The Dowling College Golden Lions
defeated the Bridgeport Purple Knights 3-1 in the East Regional
Monika Kasperek led the attack with 12 kills The Purple Knights came out strong in the first set as they built a 10-3 lead over the Golden Lions on the strength of kills by Terry Masava and Agatha Baliddawa. Baliddawa finished with 7 kills in the set while Terry Masava added 6 kills to push Bridgeport to a 25-13. Monika Kasperek (Bielsko, Poland) led Dowling with 4 kills.
In the second set the Golden Lions rebounded to take a 25-21. Dowling battled to a 10-10 tie before a thunderous kill by senior south paw Patrycja Klekotka (Siedlce, Poland) gave the Golden Lions a lead they would never relinquish in the set. Bridgeport called their last time-out at 21-15, but Dowling refused to relent on their offensive attack as Monika Kasperek ended the set 25-21 to even the series at 1 apiece.
Both teams continued to trade points in the early in the 3rd set which resulted in a 6-6 tie before Maja Potpara (Pljevlja, Montenegro) gave Dowling a two point advantage with back to back kills. The Purple Knights climbed to within 1 point at 14-13, but the Dowling attack responded to push the lead out to 17-14 before a Bridgeport timeout. Two Straight errors by the Purple Knights put Dowling at set point and Senior middle blocker Kelly Scott (Moscow, ID) ended the set with a kill from Erin Przybylowicz (Ridley Park, PA). Maja Potpara led the attack with 4 kills. Bridgeport was led by Terry Masava with 3 kills.
The Golden Lions came out with a look of determination in the 4th set, almost as if they could sense blood and were ready to pounce. Dowling built a 7-3 lead, but Bridgeport would not go quietly into the night as they found back to within 1 at 12-11. The Golden Lions answered the charge by Bridgeport by expanding their lead back out to 18-15 before a Bridgeport timeout. Dowling would not stop their offensive onslaught as two kills by Monika Kasperek and one by Janae Giles (Sandy, UT). Bridgeport showed their resilience by fighting back to a 24-23 deficit before Patrycja Klekotka tipped the ball over the Bridgeport blocks for the final kill of the match giving Dowling the NCAA East Regional Crown. Klekotka finished with 4 kills in the set to pace Dowling and Terry Masava had 5 kills for the Purple Knights in the set.
Patrycja Klekotka and Monika Kasperek each had 12 kills while Janae Giles and Maja Potpara added 8 each. Agatha Baliddawa contributed 15 kills and Terry Masava 16 for Bridgeport.
Patrycja Klekotka, Monika Kasperek and Kelly Scott were named to the East Region Tournament team.
-Provided by Dowling Sports Information department.