WRITTEN BY BRYAN FONSECA
With Northeast Conference play well underway, the St. Francis Terriers women’s volleyball team (3-18, 0-5) is still looking for their first NEC victory of 2015.
In their next showing, they’ll have a chance to break into the NEC win column in Teaneck, New Jersey where they’ll take on the Farleigh Dickinson Knights (8-12, 1-4).
This will be the first of two showdowns between the Terriers and Knights this season.
The Knights have won three straight against the Terriers, however two of those three contests were extended to five sets of action.
The last-time the Terriers had defeated the Knights was on October 12, 2013 in four sets.
Current Terrier standout and junior outside hitter Domenique Gerard played one of the best games of her freshman campaign by pouring in 15 kills, which tied a season-high.
Gerard has cemented herself as one of the premier players in the NEC this season by being one of only five players in the conference to average three kills per game.
Her impressive mark of 3.1 kills per game places her at fourth in the conference, and her 197 total kills currently has her just outside of the top-five.
Junior middle hitter Niehely Sosa has been a reliable and efficient performer for the Terriers.
Sosa’s hitting percentage of .277 currently has her in fifth place in the NEC, and her .035 service aces per has her in a tie for fourth place.
Heading into their Saturday afternoon showdown with the Terriers, the Knights have won two of their last three contests.
Offensively, sophomore Alex Lolland has been the team’s main finisher as she leads the Knights with 164 kills (2.2 per set).
Senior setter Allison Butler has been a key player for the Knights during the season, and her contributions have landed her among the NEC leaders in assists.
Butler has recorded 472 total assists, which places her in 4th in the NEC, and she averages 6.3 per game, which is good for sixth place.
As the Terriers look to notch one up in the NEC win column, the Knights will be far from an easy opponent.
The two teams will square-off in the big game on Saturday, October 17 at 1 p.m. in Farleigh Dickinson’s Rothman Center.