WRITTEN BY NICOLAS FERNANDES

The struggling St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers women’s volleyball team will host the Fordham University Rams – a team that is doing well this season due to two strong freshmen outside hitters – in their home opener Friday.

The Terriers (1-4) dropped their latest match to the Rider University Broncs. They fell in the first two sets by 23-25 and 19-25 respectively before winning the third set 25-20 and falling short in the last 23-25.

The upcoming match will certainly be a challenging one for the Terriers. Their (3-1) visitors have one every match this season except their August 27 battle with the (3-0) Central Connecticut State Blue Devils. In their most recent victory they shut out the Manhattan College Jaspers.

The Rams have hit 20 percent this season en route to 203 kills, 196 digs, 188 set assists and 36 aces. The Terriers have hit 12.5 percent, recording 187 kills, 255 digs, 178 set assists and 23 aces.

The Terriers suffered 109 attack errors, 45 serve errors and eight block errors, while the Rams had 97 attack errors, 31 serve errors and eight block errors.

The Terriers have been led by senior outside hitter Domenique Gerard and senior middle hitter Niehely Sosa this season. Gerard has hit 7.9 percent en route to 45 kills and 44 digs. Sosa has hit 22 percent, accumulating 44 kills, ten digs and six serve assists. Senior outside hitter Gabrielle Herrera has hit 10.9 percent, recording 19 kills and five digs.

Senior outside hitter Milica Mladjenovic has hit 8.3 percent en route to 25 kills and 31 digs. Freshman middle blocker Wies Hurkmans has had a successful start to her first season, hitting 27.3 percent and recording 15 kills. Sophomore setter Angela Hudelson has hit 27.8 percent, recording 15 kills, 35 digs and 141 set assists.

Freshman outside hitter Olivia Fairchild has led the Rams, hitting 28.1 percent en route to 70 kills and 20 digs. Freshman outside hitter Kaitlin Morley has hit 28.2 percent, recording 48 kills and 41 assists.

Sophomore outside hitter Breanna Jones has hit 12.6 percent, accumulating 45 kills and 24 digs. The team’s only senior – middle hitter – Kristen Ostach – has hit 19.1 percent en route to 19 kills and nine digs.

The match will begin in The Pope at 4 pm. Live streaming will be available via NEC Front Row.