RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician University women's volleyball team won both of its non-conference matches during a tri-match hosted by Virginia State University on Sunday afternoon at the VSU Multipurpose Center. Felician earned a 3-0 (25-20, 25-9, 25-19) victory over Elizabeth City State University before returning to the court to defeat the host Trojans, 3-1 (18-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-23).
Both of the Golden Falcons' opponents on Sunday are members of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Virginia State is in first place in the CIAA North Division.
With the two victories, Felician (8-15) set the school record for wins in a season. The Golden Falcons, who were established in 2004, went 7-24 in 2014. Felician also swept a tri-match away from home for the first time in program history. With the victory over Virginia State, the Golden Falcons snapped a 13-match losing streak in true road matches dating back to last season.
Freshman outside hitter Kahea Aea (Mililani, Hawaii) registered a double-double in each match for Feilcian. She now has eight such matches on the season.
Aea's 10 kills and 10 digs led Felician to a three-set sweep of Elizabeth City State (4-19). The Golden Falcons opened a 15-8 lead in set 1, only to see the Vikings climb back within 22-20. However, three ESCU errors sealed its fate.
Felician ran off 14 consecutive points to take a 15-2 Set 2 lead and go on to an easy victory. In Set 3, the Golden Falcons took advantage of four ECSU attack errors to move ahead, 22-16, and side-out its way to the win.
Senior Baylei Furman (Kaneohe, Hawaii) totaled six kills and six digs and junior Charlotte Greek (Menifee, Calif.) added 18 assists and six digs for Felician. Freshman Kaylee Williams (Dover, Del.) paced the Trojans with five kills and nine digs.
Aea turned in 10 kills, 11 digs and three aces and sophomore Katie Asbery (Mililani, Hawaii) added eight kills and three blocks as the Golden Falcons knocked off Virginia State. After the teams split the first two sets, the visitors jumped out to an 18-9 Set 3 edge on their way to taking the lead in the match.
The teams were never separated by more than three points in Set 4. With the sides even at 21-21, Aea came up with a kill and an ace, and an VSU error put Felician on the verge of victory. The Trojans saved two match points before another attack error ended the day.
Felician freshman Sierra Gallagher (Honolulu, Hawaii) amassed a season-best 20 digs. Greek had 26 assists and nine digs. Junior Kennedi Cannon (Charlotte, N.C.) accumulated 10 kills and 11 digs for Virginia State (17-8).
Felician returns to Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference play with a home match against Post Unversity on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Rutherford, N.J.