WRITTEN BY NICOLAS FERNANDES
Outside hitters Domenique Gerard and Aleksandra Gligoric added 16.5 points each on Sunday afternoon and led the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers volleyball team to a 3-1 defeat over the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights.
The Terriers improved to (8-17, 3-6 NEC), while the Knights fell to (3-24, 1-8 NEC).
The Terriers have not recorded this many wins since their 2010 season, in which they finished (10-19, 6-10 NEC). Before this year, their two best seasons since 2010 were 2013 (7-25, 3-11 NEC) and 2015 (7-23, 4-10 NEC).
After the Terriers led 25-15 in the first set, they were overpowered by the Knights in the following set. The Terriers were victorious in the final two sets by the scores of 26-24 and 25-15.
The Brooklyn women hit 22.4 percent en route to 53 kills, 70 digs, 51 assists, 12 blocks and seven aces. The home team hit 12.9 percent en route to 46 kills, 69 digs, 41 assists, five blocks and five aces.
Terriers senior outside hitter Domenique Gerard hit 48.5 percent, grabbing 16.5 points, 16 kills and 14 digs. Junior outside hitter Aleksandra Gligoric hit 14.3 percent, dishing out 16.5 points, 10 kills and five digs.
Senior middle hitter Niehely Sosa hit 35 percent, recording 14 points, right kills and two digs. Freshman middle blocker Sidney Benson hit 75 percent en route to seven points and six kills.
Although the leading setter – sophomore Angela Hudelson — did not play, freshman setter Macy Kurtz took over and recorded 43 assists.
Knights outside hitter Rebecca Sabol hit 20.7 percent en route to 10.5 points, 10 kills and three digs. Senior middle hitter Caroline Laton hit 19.2 percent, recording another 10.5 points, seven kills and five digs.
Freshman middle blocker/right side hitter Annabel Reyes hit 25 percent en route to nine points and eight kills. Junior outside hitter Carly O’Sullivan hit 20 percent, adding 8.5 points, eight kills and 16 digs.
Next up for the Terriers will be their rivalry match against the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds. The Blackbirds have been having an off season, performing slightly better than the Terriers and currently standing at (10-13, 6-3 NEC).
The Blackbirds defeated the Terriers in four sets in this season’s first rivalry match on October 1.
The Terriers will host their rival on Saturday at 1 pm.