Women's Volleyball Reaches Playoffs Despite Loss At Wilmington

Volleyball player in black jersey in defensive stance.
Katie Asbery hit .467 with eight kills in a Nov. 2, 2019, loss at Wilmington. (Steven R. Smith)

NEWARK, Del. – Following six idle days from competition, the Felician University women's volleyball team was defeated by host Wilmington (Del.) University, 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-12) in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference action on Saturday afternoon at the WU Athletics Complex.

Despite the loss, Felician (13-14, 11-3 CACC), based on other CACC results from Wednesday and Saturday, secured a berth in the 2019 conference playoffs. The Golden Falcons lead the CACC North Division and hold a 6 ½ game lead over fifth-place Concordia (N.Y.) College with five league matches remaining. The top four teams in each conference division qualify for its tournament.

Felician reaches the postseason for the fourth time in its 16-year history (2007, 2013, 2018) and for the first occasion in back-to-back years. The Golden Falcons will participate in the conference quarterfinals on Tuesday, November 19, at 6 p.m., and need to finish in the North's top two in order to host that round.

On Saturday, Wilmington (18-11, 10-5) held the edge in most statistical categories. The Wildcats led, .219-.073 in attack percentage, 10-1 in blocks, and 8-2 in aces.

In defeat, Felician freshman setter Miquela Martinez (Santa Fe, N.M.) accumulated 26 assists and eight digs. Junior middle blocker Katie Asbery (Mililani, Hawaii) hit .467 and led the Golden Falcons with eight kills, and senior teammate Raamiah Edwards (Bloomfield, N.J.) put down seven kills with 16 digs.

Felician erased a 13-7 Set 1 defcit when Asbery had three kills during a tying 6-0 run. The set was tied four more times before a Dorie Moore (Greeley, Colo.) kill and three Golden Falcon miscues put the hosts up, 22-19. Wilmington was content to trade side-outs the rest of the way and claim the three-point win.

Wilmington gained separation in Set 2 with a string of five rallies that turned a two-point lead into a 14-7 edge. Felician came no closer than 15-12 the rest of the way. The Golden Falcons were ahead, 9-7, early in Set 3, but won only three more points the rest of the day.

The Wildcats received 30 assists and 14 digs from sophomore setter Sarah Couch (Pasadena, Md.). Senior middle Rebecca Rawlinson (Cockeysville, Md.) produced nine kills and five blocks, and freshman libero Elly Collins (Tarpon Springs, Fla.) paced the Wilmington back row with 24 digs. Sophomore Sierra Gallagher (Honolulu, Hawaii) led Felician with 17 digs.

Felician travels to Concordia on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. start in Bronxville, N.Y.