WRITTEN BY JULIA GIAMMONA

St. Francis Brooklyn women’s volleyball team lost the first two matches of the Hofstra University Invitational where they took on Hofstra University and Santa Clara University to kick off the 2014 season.

The lady Terriers suffered a 3-1 defeat against the Hofstra Pride this afternoon. Although they were trailing in the beginning of the first set, the Terriers went on an 8-2 run and tied the score at 13. SFC took their first lead moments later and celebrated a lucky 25-21 victory do to an attack error made by Hofstra’s outside hitter Emily Burke.

Coming off strong, SFC quickly took the lead for the second set but suddenly lost grip as the Pride scored seven consecutive points taking the lead and never looking back. Hofstra evened the match with a 25-15 win and the third set played out the same way; the Terriers began strong but fell 25-15 once again.

In the fourth and final set, the Pride stormed out with an 11-3 lead and finished the match with a 25-9 victory.

SFC totaled 29 kills and 37 digs, with middle hitter Leah Zitting making a team high of 11 kills and outside hitter Sarina Rozek making a team high of 12 digs. Hofstra summed 57 kills and 55 digs.

As for the match against Santa Clara University, the Terriers endured a 3-0 defeat where they fell 25-13, 25-13, and 25-19. After losing to Hofstra, SFC still gave the Santa Clara match all they had and didn’t go down without a fight.

Freshman Brooke Haliscak played pretty well in her first action of the season. She completed five kills during the match against Hofstra and contributed eight kills and six digs against Santa Clara.

The Terriers play the next two matches of the Hofstra University Invitational tomorrow when they take on Lafayette College at 10am and Quinnipiac University at 5pm, where we hope to see SFC take the lead and maintain it.

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