Volleyball Sweeps Lincoln, Ends Non-League Schedule

Women's volleyball libero in motion.
Alondra Diaz Sanchez led a strong defensive effort in a Sept. 28, 2019, home win over Lincoln. (Steven R. Smith)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician University women's volleyball team used a balanced attack and a stingy defense to earn a 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-15) non-conference victory over visiting Lincoln (Pa.) University on Saturday afternoon at Job Gymnasium. Felician (5-12) was participating in its final scheduled non-league affair of 2019.

Nine players registered at least two kills for the Golden Falcons. Junior middle blocker Katie Asbery (Mililani, Hawaii/Mililani), who hit .750, and sophomore outside hitter Maddie Sloan (Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) led Felician with six kills apiece. Freshman setter Miquela Martinez (Santa Fe, N.M./St. Michael's) recorded 22 assists and seven digs.

Defensively, the Golden Falcons held Lincoln (0-6) to a negative attack percentage (12 kills, 21 errors) and allowed no aces. Sophomore Alondra Sanchez Diaz (Toa Alta, Puerto Rico/Colegio de La Salle) produced a team-high nine digs for Felician.

Felician scored the match's first four points and jumped out on top of Set 1, 15-5. Set 2 was tied on six occasions in the early going before a Catherine Lentsch (Elkhorn, Neb./Elkhorn South) kill touched off a 7-1 run for the hosts and a six-point lead. Similarly, the Golden Falcons were up, 16-8 in the third en route to closing out the match.

Senior outside Tierra Russaw (Westland, Mich./Summit Academy) topped the Lions with three kills, seven assists and 13 digs.

Felician plays its final 15 matches against Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference foes, beginning on Wednesday at home against Concordia (N.Y.) College at 7 p.m.