WRITTEN BY ROBERT DEVITA
The St. Francis College Terriers women’s volleyball team fell a bit short to Hofstra University in their first of two matches on the day. Once again the Terriers gave a strong effort but couldn’t pull out the win this afternoon.
The Terriers kicked off the St. Francis Terrier Invitational by hosting Hofstra University early this afternoon. This match marks a rematch from an earlier match where the Terriers fell three sets to one, at the hands of the Hofstra Pride. Revenge was certainly on the mind of the Terriers as they faired much better today, but would still come up short losing in three consecutive sets.
Hofstra came into today’s match with a record of (4-1) and the Terriers got a taste of how good this team is in their first meeting on Aug 29. Today the Terriers gave a much better effort, but would still find themselves on the losing end. Their play has been much improved over the course of the season but their main issue is controlling a lead.
Throughout all three sets the Terriers led at one point or another but couldn’t hold onto that lead. In the latter stages of the game when they were leading they would breakdown defensively and made it easy for Hofstra to capitalize. Hofstra seemed to attack the middle of the Terriers’ defense and were able to convert more often than not.
Controlling the lead has been an issue all season long and that is a hump this team needs to get over in order to be successful.Today they dropped all three sets by the scores of, (25-21, 25-19, 25-20). All three sets were back and forth from the very beginning as there were a total of 11 lead changes and 26 tie scores on the day.The Terriers are not getting out played they are just lacking execution in the late stages of the game.
Today they got a great performance from sophomore outside hitter Domenique Gerard. She recorded eight kills, one block and 11 digs, which led the team in each category. Over the course of this young season Gerard has proved to be a prolific scorer who also can defend here end of the court just as well. Gerard is a force on this team and is only getting better.
Sophomore middle hitter Niehely Sosa played a solid game for the Terriers as well. She recorded four kills and one block on the afternoon and was the Terriers next highest scorer behind Gerard.
Hofstra had a trio of players who took control of the game and led their team to victory. Senior outside hitter Kelsie Wills had herself quite the day with 12 kills, three aces and two blocks. Senior outside hitter Emily Burke contributed with 10 kills and four blocks. Senior outside hitter Nuria Lopes da Silva had nine kills, one ace and four blocks.
Anytime that many players are going to be this effective over the course of a match it is going to be very difficult to win. Those three seniors led the way for Hofstra who now improve to (5-1) on the season.
The Terriers are back in action later tonight when the take on NJIT at 7 PM in the second half of their double header. If they get in front in this match they have to find away to hold onto the lead. That is the only reason they are sitting at (1-5) right now because they are certainly much better than their record says they are.