WRITTEN BY ROBERT DEVITA
The St. Francis College Terriers women’s volleyball team dropped their 18th game in a row to their conference rivals Fairleigh Dickinson University Knights. The Terriers fought hard but couldn’t prevail as the Knights’ offensive attack proved to be too much for the Terriers’ defense.
Tonight the Terriers fell in three consecutive sets for the fifth time in a row (25-21, 25-21, 25-21). The Terriers had chances, but they just could not capitalize. The Knights were led by freshman outside hitter Carly O’Sullivan, who had a team high 11 kills. O’Sullivan has been a force all season long for the Knights and put her talents on full display this evening.
After tonight’s loss the Terriers fell to (2-23) overall and (0-9) on the season. Despite their record, the Terriers have been right in the mix of the majority of games they have played. Execution has been the main issue, along with defense.
In a losing effort the Terriers received some strong performances from junior middle hitter Leah Zitting, freshman outside hitter Brooke Haliscak, junior middle hitter Maggie Niu and sophomore middle hitter Niehely Sosa.
Zitting led the Terriers with 11 kills; Haliscak was right behind with eight on the evening. Niu recorded a total of six kills and Sosa racked up six kills and five blocks. Despite the strong performances from these players, the Terriers still fell short.
The Terriers are back in action on Saturday November 1. They will take on fellow NEC foe Sacred Heart University. The teams last meet on October 4 in Fairfield, Connecticut. The Pioneers knocked off the Terriers in three consecutive sets.
With only five games remaining the Terriers will look to strike some revenge against the Pioneers. This next matchup will be a good opportunity for the Terriers to get a win on the board since it has been almost two months since their last win.