Volleyball Becomes Sloppy In 3-1 Home Loss

Raamiah Edwards (9) had seven kills and seven digs in an Oct. 6, 2018, home loss to Wilmington. (Steven R. Smith)
Raamiah Edwards (9) had seven kills and seven digs in an Oct. 6, 2018, home loss to Wilmington. (Steven R. Smith)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician University women's volleyball team played sloppily on offense following its first-set victory on Saturday afternoon, and eventually ceded its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference match, 3-1, (20-25, 25-17, 25-15, 25-17) to visiting Wilmington (Del.) University at Job Gymnasium.

Felician (5-13, 4-7 CACC) committed a season-high 34 attack errors. The Golden Falcons hit .029 for the match, including at a negative rate for the three sets they lost. Wilmington, the CACC's leader in blocks per set, out-blocked the Golden Falcons, 12-3.

Freshman setter Sierra Gallagher (Honolulu, Hawaii/Kamehemeha) matched season highs of 27 assists and 17 digs for Felician. Classmate Alondra Diaz Sanchez (Toa Alta, Puerto Rico/Colegio de La Salle), making her first start at the libero position, registered season bests of 22 digs and five assists. Sophomore outside hitter Mandy Behiels (Edmonton, Alberta/Jasper Place) paced the Wildcats (14-9, 8-3) with 18 kills and 14 digs.

Felician jumped out on top 10-2 in the first set, a run which included two kills each from Kaleysa Vodrazka (Bayonne, N.J./Bayonne) and Baylei Furman (Kaheohe, Hawaii/Moanalua). Mid-set, the hosts were still ahead by that same margin, 17-9. The Golden Falcons led by as many as nine points before settling for the 25-20 victory.

The Wildcats methodically pulled away in Set 2, as Felician failed to consistently obtain immediate side-outs. Wilmington assumed its largest advantage at 17-9, and claimed the set by the same eight-point bulge to pull even.

Set 3 turned on a 6-0 Wilmington run which flipped an 11-9 deficit for the visitors into a 15-11 edge. After the teams traded points for two rotations, the Wildcats won another four consecutive rallies for a 21-14 spread, and reached 25 not long thereafter.

The Wildcats thwarted any thought of a Felician comeback by moving out ahead, 18-9, in the fourth set. The Golden Falcons came as close as 21-16, but gave Wilmington three of its last four points on attack error. Bailey Andrews (Owings Mills, Md./Roland Park) and Angel Oliver (Jersey City, N.J./County Prep) shared a block to end the match one hour, 44 minutes after the first serve.

Andrews totaled 10 kills and seven digs and Jill Braunsburg (Birdsboro, Pa./Daniel Boone) amassed nine kills, 18 assists, 15 digs and three blocks for Wilmington. Junior Raamiah Edwards (Bloomfield, N.J./Bloomfield) paced Felician with season highs of seven kills and seven digs.

Felician makes a short trip to Essex County to face Caldwell University on Tuesday at 7 p.m.