WRITTEN BY NICOLAS FERNANDES

The St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers women’s volleyball team fought hard Saturday afternoon as they were defeated by the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds, breaking an 11-match shutout streak that began with the rival in 2010.

The Terriers led the first set 25-22, but fell in the next thee by the scores of 25-21, 25-11 and 25-16.

They fell to (6-13, 1-2 NEC) while the visiting team improved to (5-11, 2-1).

The Terriers recorded 42 kills, 79 digs, 40 assists, four aces and four blocks. Their rival had 53 kills, 82 digs, 52 assists, four aces and nine blocks.

Terriers senior outside hitter Domenique Gerard hit 18.8 percent en route to a team-high 15.5 points and 14 kills, while also adding 16 digs. Junior outside hitter Aleksandra Gligoric hit 18.5 percent, recording 11 points, nine kills and two digs.

Senior middle hitter Niehely Sosa hit 18.2 percent, adding 9.5 points, eight kills and seven digs for the Terriers. Freshman middle blocker Sidney Benson – who has been participating in more matches lately – hit 25 percent, grabbing 6.5 points and six kills.

Freshman setter Macy Kurtz assisted 34 sets on Saturday.

The women fought strong, but could not compete with the unstoppable Alex Larson and Alexandra Lilliquist from LIU.

Larson – a senior right side hitter – hit 26.8 percent en route to a team-high 19 points and 16 kills, while also adding ten digs. Lilliquist hit 26.2 percent and recorded 13.5 points. The junior outside hitter also put forth 13 kills and 13 digs.

Junior middle blocker Sonja Vukosavljevic hit 36.4 percent and added 9.5 points.

Freshman setter Amanda Hubbard assisted 44 sets for the Blackbirds.

The Terriers were more successful than their rival before today’s match. Despite the loss, they proved that their team has improved by breaking the shutout streak against the Blackbirds that had been going on for six years.

The Terriers will have another chance to face the Blackbirds on October 29.

Next up for the Terriers is their October 8 match against the (7-11) Robert Morris Colonials on the road. The two teams will battle in Moon Township, PA at 7 pm.