Seniors Inspire Volleyball To Record-Setting Win Over Nyack

Seniors Inspire Volleyball To Record-Setting Win Over Nyack

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Seniors Jazlyn Pipkins (Paris, Texas/Paris) and Paulina Calero (El Centro, Calif./Southwest) put down seven kills apiece to lead Felician University to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-16) Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's volleyball victory over visiting Nyack College on Saturday afternoon at Job Gymnasium.

The match was the final home contest of 2018 for Felician (12-16, 7-10 CACC). Golden Falcon seniors Calero, Amanda Coccia (Rahway, N.J./Roselle Catholic), Baylei Furman (Kaneohe, Hawaii/Moanalua), and Pipkins were honored in a pre-game Senior Day ceremony.

Felician won for the fourth consecutive match, a program record, and the seventh time in its last eight starts. The Golden Falcons also set a team mark with their seventh CACC victory of the season.

Pipkins, who hit a team-high .312, also had three block assists on the day. She ran her career block total to 101, becoming the seventh player in the 15-year history of Felician women's volleyball to surpass 100.

Felician needs one victory in its final two matches, or one Bloomfield College loss, to qualify for the CACC playoffs for the first time since 2013.

Ahead, 12-11, in Set 1 on Saturday, Felician opened some breathing room when Furman recorded a kill and two aces. Nyack clawed back within 16-15, only to see the Golden Falcons capture the next four rallies en route to a 25-18 victory.

An exciting second set featured 13 ties and seven lead changes. Nyack's Kaitlyn Massey (Marion, Ohio/Pleasant) helped her team come back from a 23-21 deficit with a kill and an assist on a block. The Warriors, however, were then called for a double-hit before an ace by freshman Alondra Diaz Sanchez (Toa Alta, Puerto Rico/Colegio de La Salle) gave the hosts a 2-0 edge.

Felician blew open a tight third set with a 10-0 run, turning a 13-12 score into an 11-point lead. After a kill by Calero, Massey saved two set points for Nyack with a kill and a block. But Calero ended the match on the next rally with an unassisted kill.

Sophomore middle Kyra Zuhlke (Johnstown, Colo./Resurrection Christian) hit .400 with 11 kills and four blocks to lead Nyack (10-16, 9-8). Massey totaled eight kills, nine digs and two blocks

For Felician, junior setter Charlotte Greek (Menifeee, Calif./Murietta Mesa) amassed 23 assists and 10 digs and freshman libero Sierra Gallagher (Honolulu, Hawaii/Kamehameha) added 26 digs. Among the seniors, Furman turned in five kills, four digs and two aces, and Coccia, a defensive specialist, had three digs.

The Golden Falcons ended a five-match losing streak to the Warriors.

Felician travels to Philadelphia on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. match against Chestnut Hill College.