Bears Rally for 3-1 Win Over Golden Lions in NCAA First Round

Bears Rally for 3-1 Win Over Golden Lions in NCAA First Round

Bridgeport, Conn. - Senior Shelby Cable (DeSoto, Mo.) led the match with 19 kills and 23 digs to lift the third-seeded NYIT volleyball team to a 3-1 victory over sixth-seeded Dowling in the first round of the NCAA Division II East Regional Thursday afternoon. The final set scores were 18-25, 25-17, 34-32, and 25-22.

With the win, the Bears improved to 27-6 on the season and advance to the East Regional Semifinals for the third time in program history. NYIT will face the winner of  No. 2 LIU Post/No. 7 Franklin Pierce on Friday, Dec. 6. First serve is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Hubbell Gymnasium in Bridgeport, Conn.

Senior Katarina Sretenovic (Belgrade, Serbia) added 17 kills in the outing with a match-high .469 attack percentage. Senior Marija Jovanovic (Belgrade, Serbia) dished out 52 assists and grabbed 11 digs for a double-double. Sophomore Kate Brock (River Edge, N.J.) led the match with nine total blocks. As a team, NYIT out-blocked Dowling 14-8 and had a +1 (7-6) aces advantage.

For Dowling (19-14), Jessica Kalbfleisch led with 17 kills.

Dowling took the first set 25-18 with a 5-2 opening and an 8-3 rally to close out the set after a 16-16 stalemate. Yet, NYIT found its groove in the second set and claimed an 11-7 lead on a kill by Cable. The Bears maintained control of the scoreboard and went on a 6-2 run to take set two 25-17 on another kill from Cable.

The third set was highly contested and saw 16 ties with eight set points before NYIT won 34-32 on a kill by Sretenovic and a service ace from Sarah Stein (Bay Shore, N.Y.).

In the final set of the match, the Bears opened 5-0 on blocks from Cable, Brown and Sretenovic, an ace by Jovanovic, and a kill by Cable. However, the Golden Lions did not give up without a fight and tied the set three times before the Bears were able to pull ahead 15-11. Despite Dowling's pressure, NYIT never looked back and went on to win 25-22 on back-to-back Golden Lions errors.

Provided by the NYIT Sports Information Department.