RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Junior setter Susie McKeever (North Fort Myers, Fla.) became the first Felician College women's volleyball player to ever post a "triple-double" in the Golden Falcons' come-from-behind 3-2 (21-25, 25-18, 23-25, 25-18, 15-13) Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory over visiting Nyack College on Friday night at Job Gymnasium.
Felician trailed, 13-9, in the decisive fifth set before scoring the last six points of the match. McKeever had three kills in the tiebreaker, and amassed 10 kills, 34 assists and 11 digs for the night. The Golden Falcons have sponsored women's volleyball since 2004.
Felician has won five of its last six matches. At 5-5, the Golden Falcons have a .500 winning percentage at the latest point in a season in program history. The hosts improved to 3-3 in CACC play.
Like the match itself, Set 5 was a see-saw affair. Felician led, 8-6, at the changeover, only to see Nyack (0-19, 0-7) rattle off the next six points. A trade of side-outs left the Golden Falcons down, 13-9. But the Warriors would not tally again.
Following a Nyack error, Felician received consecutive kills from senior middle Emma Reijonen (Joensuu, Finland). McKeever tipped a ball for a kill to tie the set, then the Golden Falcons saw their defense turn into offense to finish off the victory. With the teams tied, 13-13, McKeever lunged to keep a ball alive. The ball caromed over the net and landed on the sideline to give her kill No. 10 and the triple-double.
On the next point, junior libero Sarah Shebel (Chandler, Ariz.) successfully dug a Warrior attack. She was unable to keep the pass on her team's side of the net, but Nyack could not return the ball, giving Shebel her only kill of the night and Felician the dramatic victory.
Reijonen hit .342 and topped the Golden Falcons with 17 kills. Freshman outside Sally Taylor (San Diego, Calif.) turned in 10 kills, 14 digs and four blocks. Paty Giemza (Dabrowa Gornicza, Poland) (22 digs) and Tonia Ford (Bayonne, N.J.) (seven blocks) paced the Felician defense.
Freshman outside Alexus Winters (Yorba Linda, Calif.) recorded 25 kills, 15 digs, three blocks and five aces to pace Nyack. Classmate Lindsay Miller (Chandler, Ariz.) accumulated 11 kills, eight digs and seven blocks, and freshman middle Annalise Fee (Maspeth, N.Y.) took part in 11 of the Warriors' 13 blocks.
The teams combined for 27 ties and 15 lead changes in the five sets. The match lasted one hour, 53 minutes.
Felician was holding its Fifth Annual "Dig Pink" Night to raise funds for breast cancer research. To make a donation to The Side-Out Foundation in the name of Felician women's volleyball, visit http://www.side-out.org/cb/campaigns/campaign/8745.