Volleyball Recovers From Early Deficit To Top GBC

Women's volleyball player up for swing.
Freshman Kahea Aea had 17 kills and 11 digs in a home win over Goldey-Beacom on Sept. 15, 2018. (Steven R. Smith)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University split two tight sets before pulling away for a 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-15) Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's volleyball victory over visiting Goldey-Beacom College on Saturday afternoon at Job Gymnasium. Freshman outside hitter Kahea Aea (Mililani, Hawaii/Kamehameha) had 17 kills and 11 digs for Felician for her second double-double in as many days.

Felician's .214 team attack percentage was its best of the season. Junior middle blocker Jazlyn Pipkins (Paris, Texas/Paris) hit .429 with seven kills for the Golden Falcons (3-5, 2-2 CACC), and junior middle Kaleysa Vodrazka (Bayonne, N.J./Bayonne) hit .350 with eight kills.

Sophomore outside Lindsay Przywara (Williamstown, N.J./Williamstown), the CACC's second leading hitter based on kill average, paced Goldey-Beacom (2-11, 0-4) with 21 kills and 11 digs. The Lightning received 13 kills and 11 digs from freshman opposite hitter Shayla Boyce (Somerdale, N.J./Sterling).

The teams took nearly an hour to play the first two sets. The Lightning claimed a 25-22 decision in the first before Felician captured Set 2 by the same score. The Golden Falcons began to assert themselves in the pivotal third set, opening up a 13-7 advantage. The hosts extended to 18-10 and never trailed by fewer than five points for the rest of the set.

After spotting GBC the first three points of Set 4, the Golden Falcons moved ahead, 13-8, to force a Lightning timeout. With the hosts ahead, 16-13, a pair of aces by freshman Alondra Diaz Sanchez (Toa Alta, Puerto Rico/Colegio de La Salle) sparked a run of seven out of the next eight points to put Felician up by eight. Moments later, an ace from Sierra Gallagher (Honolulu, Hawaii/Kamehameha) put the Golden Falcons on the brink of victory, and they closed out the win on their first match point.

Gallagher totaled 21 assists, six digs and three aces from her setter position, and Felician senior Baylei Furman (Kanehoe, Hawaii/Moanalua) added five kills and 13 digs in three sets off the bench. The Golden Falcons earned their second CACC home victory in a span of 20 hours, having defeated Concordia (N.Y.) College on Friday night in Rutherford.

Felician steps away from CACC action to play its fifth consecutive home match on Tuesday, entertaining West Chester University at 7 p.m.