Knights Drop Five Set Decision to FDU-Florham

MAHWAH, NJ – The Mount Saint Mary College Women’s Volleyball team closed out play in the Roadrunner Invitational Saturday with a hard fought 25-21, 17-25, 25-23, 11-25, 8-15 loss to FDU-Florham. Freshman Jackie Wolf had a big match, putting away a career-high 16 kills.

Saturday’s loss drops Mount Saint Mary to 8-6 overall on the season, while the Devils get back to the .500 mark at 6-6 overall.

First Set
The Knights got off to a good start on Saturday, posting nine winners in the opening frame.

The Mount erased an early 7-1 deficit, using a 6-1 run to jump in front 13-12.

After falling behind 15-13, the Knights ripped off five straight points, keyed by a pair of Renee Hydo aces to jump back in front 18-15.

After FDU-Florham pulled to within 22-20 late in the set, the Knights scored three of the final four points of the frame, capped off by a Grace Riddle kill, to open a 1-0 lead.

Second Set
The Devils evened things in the second on the strength of a 14-7 advantage in kills in the set.

The second set would go back-and-forth until 8-1 closing run for the Devils. Adrienne DeFuria keyed the stretch with two kills and an ace.

Third Set
The Knights got back on track in the third set with 15 kills to grab a 2-1 advantage in the match.

After the Devils used a five point run to pull in front 12-8, the Mount rallied with seven of the next eight points to move ahead 15-14. Wolf was in the middle of the run with three kills and an ace for the Knights.

The two teams would stay within two points of each other until the Knights closed the stanza on a 5-1 spurt. Wolf totaled four kills over the stretch with Haley Houghton adding a service ace.

Fourth Set
The Devils hit .294 in the fourth set, while the Knight managed only five winners and hit .074.

FDU-Florham had four runs of at least three points in the set, including an 8-0 surge that pushed it in front 15-5.

Mount Saint Mary scored back-to-back points just four times in the frame and never scored more than two straight.

Fifth Set
In the deciding frame, FDU-Florham, hit a blistering .444 and totaled 10 kills on 18 attacks.

After scoring the first two points of the fifth, the Mount saw the Devils reel off six straight points to take the lead for good.

A Jessica Garreffa ace gave FDU-Florham a 10-3 lead to close a 3-0 run and the Mount would not climb closer than five points the reminder of the set.

For The Knights
Wolf posted a career-high 16 winners, hitting .204 in the contest. She added six digs, three blocks and a trio of service aces.

Riddle continued her strong start to the season with a team-high 18 kills, matching the team-high with four aces and lifting 17 digs.

Riddle and Wolf combined for 34 of the team’s 39 kills on the day.

Fran Cammarata handed out a 34 assists and joined Riddle with four aces to go along with 13 digs.

Hydo totaled two aces, four blocks and a career-high 23 digs.

Alyssa Barbara led the Mount with 25 digs, adding an ace.

For The Devils
DeFuria led the team with 15 kills and 22 digs.

Rachel Reiter contributed 12 kills, five digs and two blocks.

Charlotte Fruscione chipped in 11 winners and added 20 digs.

Erin Ahart handed out 24 assists and lifted 12 digs, while Kacie Ros added 21 helpers and 15 digs.

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