Rindge, N.H. - The NYIT volleyball program traveled north to take on non-conference opponent Franklin Pierce Friday evening. NYIT overcame a 0-2 deficit by winning the last three sets to earn a 3-2 win on the road. The Bears improve to 10-0 this season as the hosts drop to 3-6.
Highlights from NYIT vs. FPU (25-27, 15-25, 25-22, 25-23, 15-12)
- Three different players reached double-digit numbers on offense with Karolina Moderova paving the way with a season-high 19. Tiffany Verni and Tina Stefanovic contributed 16 and 10, respectively and combined for nine block assists at the net.
- On defense, Chessie Santeramo dug 15 balls followed by Portia McIntosh who collected 12 and Moderova who was responsible for 11.
- Karley Brewster posted a career-best 39 assists in the victory, while adding eight digs and three kills to her stat line.
- Franklin Pierce as a team posted a .227 hitting percentage and out-blocked the Bears in total team blocks, 13-10. The Ravens also had three hitters in double-figures and collected seven sesrvice aces to NYIT's five.
NYIT had set point in the first at 24-20, but the home team took advantage of several Bear miscues and relied on a 7-1 run to turn it around and win by a 27-25 final. FPU used that momentum to roll ahead in the second set, jumping out to an 8-3 lead early on. NYIT led at no point in the second despite registering five more kills than the home team.
The Blue and Gold quickly got back on track in the third set by taking a 13-8 with featured four kills from Verni and never looked back. The hosts came as close as three at 15-12 but could not holf on long enough before NYIT took the win by a 25-22 final.
Through the fourth set, the team stayed evenly matched, Franklin Pierce collecting 14 kills to the Bears 13, however the Bears came out on top with a big block at the net from Rachel Guida and Stefanovic to end and force a fifth.
Bears held an 8-4 lead to switch sides in the fifth set and ultimately polished off a 15-12 victory for the set and match and to post an unblemished record this season.
NYIT volleyball returns to action on Saturday, September 17 when they take on Northeast-10 foe Stonehill College at 1:00 p.m.
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