Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. - The NYIT volleyball program opened up East Coast Conference action with a road match against Mercy College Tuesday evening. The Bears improved to 9-0 overall and 1-0 in league play with a 3-0 victory against the Mavericks who fall to 0-1.
Highlights from NYIT vs. Mercy (25-13, 25-16, 25-19)
- Tiffany Verni (pictured) led the NYIT offense in the 3-0 decision with 13 kills behind a .312 hitting percentage. She also chipped in two digs on defense. Behind Verni was ECC Player of the Week Karolina Moderova who accounted for 10 kills and completed the double-double with 14 digs.
- Earning her first collegiate start was Karley Brewster who paced the offense, collecting 30 assists and nearly missed a double-double with nine digs.
- Leading the defense was Portia McIntosh with 18 digs and Chessie Santeramo accounted for 10. At the net, Rachel Guida accounted for five block assists as Moderova and Tina Stefanovic each chipped in two.
- For the home team, Peyton Olson led all players with 14 kills while also adding eight digs on defense.
The Bears used a 10-2 run in the first set to regain their early lead and double the host score at 14-7. Behind a four-point serving run from McIntosh, the visitors were able to maintain the double-digit margin en route to the first set 25-13 victory.
Again Mercy was able to keep their deficit minimal in the second set to start, leading 8-9. However A serving run from Santeramo, that included one of the Bears seven service aces, and several miscues from the home team attack allowed NYIT to pull ahead 14-9. A kill from Moderova jumped started a 7-2 run in favor of the visitors that had them leading by eight before a block and kill from Guida ended the set.
Five errors from the home team and one service ace peppered the start of the third set when NYIT took an 8-1 lead. The Mavericks took advantage of errors from the Blue and Gold to cut the deficit to three but would never come closer than five for the remainder of the third set until a kill from Guida capped the match.
NYIT returns to action on Friday, September 16 when they take on Franklin Pierce at 6:00 p.m. before playing Stonehill College on Saturday, September 17 at 1:00 p.m.
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