WRITTEN BY NICOLAS FERNANDES
The St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers women’s volleyball team was defeated in both matches of Saturday’s doubleheader in Radford, Virginia.
The Terriers fell 3-2 to the University of Maryland Baltimore County Retrievers and 3-0 to the Radford University Highlanders.
The Terriers launched their 2016 season with a doubleheader one day earlier, which consisted of a 3-2 loss to the Siena College Saints and 3-0 victory against the Norfolk State University Spartans.
The Retrievers also shut out the Spartans in three sets during their season-opening match Friday.
The Terriers finished the 2015 season 7-23 (4-10 NEC), while the Retrievers finished 12-14 (6-6 AEC).
The Terriers led the first set 25-18 of the match and lost the next two sets 25-10 and 25-11 respectively. They dominated the fourth set 25-15, but fell short in the final set 16-14.
Senior middle hitter Niehely Sosa led the Terriers with 13 points, 11 kills and four digs. Senior outside hitter Domenique Gerard recorded 12.5 points, ten kills and eight digs. Sophomore setter Angela Hudelson scored 8.5 points, accumulating six kills, five digs and 24 assists.
Retrievers junior outside hitter Abbie Mirabella led her team with 29 points, 26 kills and ten digs. Redshirt freshman outside hitter/middle blocker Emily Panchak recorded 14.5 points, nine kills and three digs. Freshman opposite hitter Brooke Hayden scored nine points, accumulating eight kills and four digs.
The Terriers dropped all three sets in their match against the Highlanders 25-12, 25-7 and 25-14.
The Terriers hit 23 percent en route to 20 kills, 31 digs, 20 assists, six aces and three blocks. The Highlanders hit 40.9 percent en route to 59 kills, 43 digs, 43 assists, six aces and six blocks.
Sosa led the Terriers in another match with 8.5 points, eight kills and three digs. Senior outside hitter Milica Mladjenovic recorded four points, four kills and three digs.
Freshman middle blocker Wies Hurkmans scored four points and accumulated three kills. Hudelson recorded six digs and 16 assists.
Highlanders junior outside hitter Maddie Palmer led her team’s victory with 16 points, 15 kills and 13 digs. Freshman right side hitter Stephanie Neast recorded nine points, nine kills and two digs. Freshman outside hitter Sydney Tekstra accumulated nine points, eight kills and one dig.
The Terriers will seek their next win when they travel to Lawrenceville, NJ Wednesday to face the Rider University Broncs at 7 pm.