ASHLAND, Ohio – Lifted by key kills from senior outside hitter Raahmiah Edwards (Bloomfield, N.J.) during the second and fifth sets, Felician University held on for a 3-2 (25-22, 29-27, 17-25, 17-25, 15-12) non-conference women's volleyball victory over California University of Pennsylvania on Saturday afternoon at Charles Kates Gymnasium during the second and final day of the Ashland University Invitational.
Immediately following its victory, Felician (1-3) concluded its stay in the tournament with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-18) non-league setback to Fairmont State University. Edwards led the Golden Falcons with 23 kills on the day.
Versus California, Felician snatched the first set by claiming four of the final five rallies, three on kills by freshman Tabatha Wagner (Wabash, Ind.). Set 2 sailed past the 25-point mark. Twice, an Edwards kill saved a set point. Following a Vulcan error, Edwards came up with a service ace for a 2-0 Golden Falcon lead.
The Vulcans drew even by claiming the next two sets, only to see Edwards put down six kills during the deciding set. Felician won three points in a row on two Edwards kills an a third from Kali Vodrazka (Bayonne, N.J./Bayonne) to move ahead to stay, 12-10, and pulled away from there.
Edwards led four Golden Falcons with double-figures in kills, recorded 13 with 11 digs for her first career "double-double." Wagner (12 digs) and Vodrazka (.364 attack percentage) totaled 11 kills apiece and junior Katie Asbery (Mililani, Hawaii) hit .444 with 10 kills. Freshman Kaylin Burkey (Boardman, Ohio) led California (1-3) with 19 kills and 16 digs.
The win was Felician's first in its 16-year program history over a member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
Edwards' 10 kills were not enough to keep the Golden Falcons from falling to Fairmont State (2-2), as FSU put together a .221 attack percentage for the match. Fairmont State also owned edges of 7-0 in aces and 6-0 in blocks.
Felician received 19 kills and 17 digs from freshman setter Miquela Martinez (Santa Fe, N.M.) in the loss. Sophomore libero Sierra Gallagher (Honolulu, Hawaii) totaled 15 digs and four assists. FSU was powered by 14 kills, three blocks and three aces from Rebecca Feeney (Douglassville, Pa.).
Felician is idle during the week, then plays four times next weekend in the Post Eagles Invitational in Waterbury, Conn.