Volleyball Starts 2018 With Road Loss To Stonehill

Volleyball player jumps for kill.
(Photo of Baylei Furman by Steven R. Smith)

EASTON, Mass. – The Felician University women's volleyball team suffered a 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-19) non-conference loss to host Stonehill College on Saturday afternoon at Merkert Gymnasium. Felician was playing its first match of the 2018 season.

The match was part of Day 1 of the two-day, four-team Skyhawk Invitational, hosted by Stonehill.

Freshman outside hitter Kahea Aea (Mililani, Hawaii) led the Golden Falcons with five kills and added five digs. Felician sophomore libero MaryGrace Puryear (Cranford, N.J.) picked up a career-best 12 digs. Senior outside Megan Pennino (Wantagh, N.Y.) hit .526 with 11 kills to lead the Skyhawks (2-2).

An early 6-1 lead helped key Stonehill's Set 1 victory. Felician pulled back to within 16-14 and 21-19, but two Skyhawk kills sandwiched a Clare Freeman (Shelby Charter Township, Mich.) and were enough to put the hosts over the top.

Stonehill took control early in the second set, as three consecutive Abby Remick (Chepachet, R.I.) kills put her team ahead, 14-5. Later, Felician's Baylei Furman (Kaneohe, Hawaii) produced a kill and a block for her team to trail 22-17. But the Skyhawks came up with the final three points of the set.

The Golden Falcons looked to extend the match after scoring eight of Set 3's first 11 points. Still down 16-13, the Skyhawks captured seven of the next eight rallies to move ahead for good. Felician saved one match point on a Raamiah Edwards (Bloomfield, N.J.) kill, but Pennino put the ball down to end the next rally and the match.

Stonehill hit .259 for the match, guided by freshman setter Lauren Wilke (Blue Point, N.Y.) (4 kills, 33 assists, 9 digs). Remick and Sophia Peveda (Miami, Fla.) (seven digs) came up with nine kills apiece.

For Felician, sophomore Katie Asbery (Mililani, Hawaii) totaled four kills and three blocks and freshman Alondra Diaz Sanchez (Toa Alta, Puerto Rico) added six digs and three aces.

The Golden Falcons play two more matches in the tournament on Sunday, facing Merrimack College at 12:30 p.m. and Georgian Court University at 3 p.m. in Easton.