Volleyball tops New Haven, East Stroudsburg in four sets as early season surge continues

Megan Mannle in action at Pace on Tuesday.
Megan Mannle in action at Pace on Tuesday.

LAKEWOOD, N.J. — The NYIT volleyball team's solid weekend at Georgian Court University continued Saturday.

The Bears topped New Haven in four sets in a big regional matchup. NYIT then completed its four-match trip to Lakewood, N.J., with a four-set win against East Stroudsburg. The Bears improved their record to 7-1 on the young season.

After NYIT won the opening set 25-19 against New Haven, the teams were deadlocked at 24 in the second set. The Chargers picked up the next two points to capture that set and even the match. However, NYIT answered the following set, when the teams again were deadlocked at 24, by claiming the next two points. NYIT then finished off the Chargers in the fourth set, 25-19.

Setter Allison Fowler had a triple-double against the Chargers: 10 kills, 44 assists and 12 digs.

"I thought we had moments where we started to unravel a little bit, but I think our maturity brought us back together," coach Gail Wasmus said. "We had some great leadership with some of the upperclassmen."

NYIT had defeated Pace and host Georgian Court, both also in four sets, on Friday.

After the final matches were played, Karolina Moderova and Fowler were named to the GCU Lions Invitational all-tournament team.

The weekend victories came despite NYIT missing a significant weapon as freshman middle blocker Haley Gilmour allows an injury to heal. She hopes to return next weekend.

The Bears and Chargers will meet again on Oct. 5 at New Haven.

"It's a big win for us, because we have to go to New Haven, and they're very, very strong at home," Wasmus said. "To get this win under our belt is really positive."