Volleyball Can't Slow Streaking West Chester

Women's volleyball player on defense.
Alondra Diaz Sanchez totaled 12 digs in a Sept. 18, 2018, home loss to West Chester. (Steven R. Smith)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – A modest two-match win streak for the Felician University women's volleyball team came to an abrupt halt on Tuesday night as the Golden Falcons were defeated, 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-18) by visiting West Chester University in non-conference action at Job Gymnasium. Felician (3-6) reached the end of a five-match homestand.

West Chester improved to 13-0 in 2018. The Golden Rams are tied for first place in the Southeast Division of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

Senior setter Jillian Grammer (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) directed the WCU offense to a .348 team attack percentage. Grammer totaled 30 assists and 14 digs. Sophomore Brianna Fisher (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) and freshman Julia Vreeswyk (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) put down nine kills each for the Golden Rams.

Freshman Kahea Aea (Mililani, Hawaii/Kamehameha) led Felician with seven kills and added eight digs. Classmate Alondra Diaz Sanchez (Toa Alta, Puerto Rico/Colegio de La Salle) registered a season-high 12 digs, including eight in Set 3 after she donned the libero jersey for the first time this year.

Senior middle Allie Duffy (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) had three kills in a fast start by the visitors which saw them open a 15-3 Set 1 lead. The Golden Falcons never drew closer than a nine-point deficit for the balance of the set.

Felician surrendered six consecutive Set 2 points to fall behind, 8-3. After pulling to within 9-6, the Golden Falcons allowed run of seven of nine rallies to the Golden Rams. Not long thereafter, Felician trailed, 20-12. WCU sophomore Olivia Rudjord (Fogelsville, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) eventually closed out the set with a service ace.

Another long run of winning WCU rallies did in the Golden Falcons in Set 3, as the Golden Rams turned a 5-5 tie into a seven-point lead. Felician got back to 12-8 behind, but never fully recovered. As the set wound down, a Melissa Marte (Bloomfield, N.J./Bloomfield) kill and an ace by Katie Asbery (Mililani, Hawaii/Mililani) brought Felician to a 23-18 deficit, but West Chester's Grace Whitney (Glenside, Pa./Abington) went up for a kill, then assisted on a block to end the match 66 minutes after the first service.

West Chester owned a 9-3 advantage in aces, led by four from freshman Rachel Hutchinson (Palmyra, Pa./Palmyra). Asbery finished with six kills and two blocks for the Golden Falcons.

Felician quickly returns to action, traveling to Waterbury, Conn., on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference tilt against Post University.