BY NATE ORBE – Loud, home-court energy supported the Pioneer volleyball team all night but it wasn’t enough to help them give them the edge over Montclair State University on Thursday at the Rec Center. Women’s volleyball added a loss to their 12 – 8 season so far.
The tough 0-3 loss to MSU in the game on Homecoming week began promisingly in the team’s first set with a 5- 2 lead, but a series of kills from Montclair set William Paterson University back to an eight-point deficit. After a service error from MSU’s setter, the Pioneers began to find their footing in a tense back-and-forth, but the first set ended 25 – 16 in the Red Hawk’s favor.
The second set was a nail-biter and Montclair edged out a win with only a four-point lead. It was a great set offensively for the Pioneers with three kills from Chelliah Phillips and Dakota Apicella. A total of six errors from Montclair kept the set close, but 16 points from kills got them the win.
Set three was one-sided – 25 – 13 – though it was a phenomenal offensive set for the Pioneers’ outside hitter Amanda Lembo with six kills.
In all, Lembo led the team in kills with seven overall and Christine Griffith came in a close second with six kills and three assists. Griffith also played a spectacular defensive game with ten digs; Irina Zaytseva was second with nine.
The next and last home game for the Pioneers is Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. against Rowan University in the Rec Center.
Feature photo of Amanda Lembo on front page courtesy of William Paterson University.