The Warriors toppled Wilson College’s volleyball team by taking all three sets of a non-conference match-up Tuesday at Wilson’s Gannett Memorial Field House. The Lycoming College Warriors (6-9) topped the Phoenix (0-7) by a score of 3-0 with set scores of 25-15, 26-24, and 25-18.
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How It Happened
After a slow start in the first set that saw the Warriors jump out to a 7-2 lead, the Phoenix scored four straight points, highlighted by a kill by senior Tioleaoauli Posiulai (Waipahu, HI., University Laboratory School) and an ace by senior Tia Jones (Springfield, VA., Lake Braddock) to make the score 7-6.
A kill by Anika Eigen-Zucchi (Washington, D.C., St. Johns College High School) tied things at 8-8. An 9-2 run by the Warriors followed to push the score to 17-10. The visitors went on to claim the set 25-15.
During the second set, the Warriors grabbed an early 11-3 advantage, but the Phoenix came roaring back. Kills by Eigen-Zucchi, Jones and freshman Deah Menedis (Reisterstown, MD, Franklin High), sparked a Phoenix run that saw the team pull within 18-15. Later in the set, back-to-back service aces by Menedis brought the Phoenix closer at 21-19.
An ace by Eigen-Zucchi and a kill by freshman Sage Lague (Fairplay, MD, Goretti) evened the score at 22-22. The Phoenix were on the verge of taking the second set with a 24-23 lead. Then the Warriors recorded a pair of kills and took advantage of an attack error by the Phoenix to claim the 26-24 win.
The battle continued in the third set as kills by Eigen-Zucchi and Lague, coupled with back-to-back kills by Jones, pushed the Phoenix out to a 5-1 lead. After the Warriors knotted things up at 5-5, the Phoenix used a 5-2 run to take a 10-7 lead.
The two teams continued to play close; neither could pull away from the other until back-to-back aces by Jones put the Phoenix ahead 18-16. Then a combination of errors by the Phoenix and timely kills by the Warriors saw the visitors rattle off the final nine points en route to the 25-18 victory in set 3.
Inside the Box Score
Jones led the Phoenix with 8 kills, 3 aces, and 6 blocks. Junior Elizabeth Vuxta (Elizabethtown, PA., Elizabethtown) had a match high 20 assists to go along with 8 digs. Senior Sierra Hill (Hagerstown, Md., South Hagerstown) led the Phoenix with 16 digs.
Wilson will be back on the court on Thursday at home as the team opens Colonial States Athletic Conference play versus Cedar Crest at 7 p.m.
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