BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – Outside hitter Kahea Aea (Mililani, Hawaii) set the Felician University women's volleyball freshman record for kills in a season during the Golden Falcons' 3-1 (25-18, 28-30, 25-16, 25-16) Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory over host Concordia (N.Y.) College on Saturday afternoon at the Meyer Athletic Center.
The victory concluded 2018 regular-season play for Felician (13-17, 8-11 CACC). The Golden Falcons now have as many wins this year as in their previous best two seasons combined. Felician will travel to Holy Family University (26-5, 18-1) for quarterfinal CACC playoff action on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in northeast Philadelphia.
Concordia saw its season come to an end with won-lost records of 1-22 overall and 1-18 in league play.
Aea led all players with 16 kills on Saturday. She ran her season total to 318, surpassing Jenna Matesic (303 in 2009) for the most kills by a Felician freshman. Keisha Milstrey holds the overall Golden Falcon record, putting down 375 kills in 2007.
Aea added nine digs and four service aces. Senior teammate Jazlyn Pipkins (Paris, Texas) hit .348 with 10 kills and eight blocks, and junior setter Charlotte Greek (Menifee, Calif.) turned in four kills, 39 assists and 14 digs. The Clippers received 15 kills, eight digs and three blocks from senior middle blocker Derilis Valerio (Perth Amboy, N.J.).
Set 1 was never in doubt, with the Golden Falcons moving out in front, 16-4, and prevailing. But Concordia won the first six rallies of the second set and were ahead by as large a margin as 15-6. Still trailing, 20-13, Felician made a late charge, winning the next five points and eventually knotting the score at 23-23. The Clippers saved three set points, and after the set reached 28-28, emerged victorious on a Valerio kill and a shared block.
Felician showed no after-effects of the setback, jumping out to advantages of 19-7 in the third set and 20-11 in the fourth on its way to taking the match. The final point came on a service ace by freshman libero Sierra Gallagher (Honolulu, Hawaii) (23 digs, five assists).
More information about Tuesday's playoff match will be released on Monday.