BOWIE, Md. – Freshman outside hitter Kahea Aea (Mililani, Hawaii) hit .455 and matched a season high with 19 kills to lead Felician University to a 3-0 (25-23, 25-9, 25-15) non-conference women's volleyball victory over host Bowie State University on Thursday afternoon at A.C. Jordan Arena.
The win was the fifth non-league triumph of the season for Felician (11-16), a school record. The Golden Falcons have won six matches in a seven-match stretch for the first time in the 15-year history of their program.
Aea reached double figures in kills for the sixth consecutive outing and the 16th time in 26 matches this season. She moved up to eighth place in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference with 3.07 kills per set. On Thursday, Aea put down six kills in each of the first two sets before registering seven in the third.
Golden Falcon junior setter Charlotte Greek (Menifee, Calif.) recorded 27 assists and eight digs on the day. She helped guide the Felician offense to a .293 attack percentage.
Felician trailed, 6-3, early in the first set before running off seven consecutive points to take the lead for good. The visitors were up by as much as 19-11 following a Katie Asbery (Mililani, Hawaii) block before allowing Bowie State to come back within 21-19. The Golden Falcons received kills from Aea and Greek for a four-point lead, then traded side-outs to move to set point. The Bulldogs saved two set points, but at 24-23 a kill by Aea delivered the set to the Golden Falcons.
Felician carried the momentum into Set 2, quickly jumping out front, 6-1. Ahead by that same margin, 10-5, the Golden Falcons rolled off nine points in a row, three coming on Kaleysa Vodrazka (Bayonne, N.J.) kills, to take full control.
Set 3 was tied as late as 7-7. Eight of the next nine rallies went the Golden Falcons' way, however. Felician was still ahead by seven, 22-15, before winning the final three points on two Bulldog errors and a kill by Raamiah Edwards (Bloomfield, N.J.).
Vodrazka hit .500 with six kills and Asbery and Baylei Furman (Kaheohe, Hawaii) finished with five apiece for Felican. Sophomore Oladia Menchaca (Landover, Md.) totaled six kills and seven digs for Bowie State (1-17).
The Golden Falcons own a half-game lead over Bloomfield College for the final playoff spot from the CACC North Division. Felician hosts Senior Day when it entertains Nyack College in league action on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Rutherford, N.J. Seniors Paulina Calero (El Centro, Calif.), Amanda Coccia (Rahway, N.J.), Furman and Jazlyn Pipkins (Paris, Texas) will be honored in a pre-match ceremony.