West Haven, Conn. – For the first time
since 2004, the fourth-seeded NYIT volleyball team advanced to the
semifinals for the NCAA Division II East Regional with a 3-1
victory over fifth-seeded Franklin Pierce. The final set scores
were 25-16, 20-25, 25-15, and 25-16.
With the win, the Bears improved to 22-9 on the season and will face top-seed Chargers of New Haven on Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Charger Gymnasium.
Junior Shelby Cable (DeSoto, Mo.) led the match with 18 kills. Classmate Savannah Donarski (Powell, Wyo.) added 16 kills. Rookie Kate Brock (River Edge, N.J.) posted a game-high five blocks, while junior Kelly Brown (Queens Village, N.Y.) hit .667 with no errors. Junior Marija Jovanovic (Belgrade, Serbia) dished out 49 assists and senior libero Tugce Sirdas (Istanbul, Turkey) led with 19 digs.
For the match, NYIT out-hit Franklin Pierce .331 to .169 and had a 9-2 blocks advantage.
After a handful of ties, the Bears went on a 3-0 run that put them up 7-4 in the first set. NYIT continued to control the scoreboard and an ace from Katarina Sretenovic (Belgrade, Serbia) gave the Bears a 14-9 lead and forced Franklin Pierce to call a timeout. The Bears reached set point on a kill from Kate Brock (River Edge, N.Y.). The Bears won 25-16 on a kill from Marija Jovanovic (Belgrade, Serbia).
The second set was tied nine times before Franklin Pierce claimed a 21-19 edge on a kill from Ashley Bruce. The Ravens continued to push ahead and won the second set 25-20 on Bears attack error.
Tied 1-1 in sets, the third set started similar to the previous one. However, after six ties, Franklin Pierce used a 4-1 run to claim a 13-10 lead and forced NYIT to call a timeout. Out of the break, the Bears produced six unanswered points to knot the score and take a 16-13 lead. NYIT won the crucial set three 25-15 on an ace from Becky Syers (East Meadow, N.Y.).
The Ravens took control of the fourth set with a 9-6 lead. However, the Bears fought back and, with a kill by Cable, ace from Brock and a block from Cable and Kelly Brown (Queens Village, N.Y.), tied the set 9-9. A spike from Brown gave NYIT its first lead of the set and sparked a 6-2 rally that put the Bears on top 16-11. The Bears continued to push ahead and won the set 25-16 on an ace from Syers.
Provided by the NYIT Sports Information Department.