Volleyball falls in final two matches
Scott Thieke, Staff Writer
November 10, 2011
Filed under Sports
Over the weekend the Le Moyne College women’s volleyball team played their final two regular season matches against Northeast-10 conference foes Merrimack and UMass-Lowell.
On Friday night, the match was hosted at Merrimack, where the Dolphins’ five-game winning streak was snapped by the Warriors 3-1. After losing the first two sets 25-16 and 27-25, the Dolphins won the third set 25-22. They then fell short in the fourth set by a score of 25-16.
The Dolphins’ attack was led by juniors Danielle Fetsch and Morgan McDermott. Fetsch recorded a career high 14 kills and nine digs in the match while McDermott registered her 18th double-digit kill match of the year with 11. She also contributed five blocks, three digs and two aces.
On the defensive side, junior Bethany Fabian and freshman Megan Maisonet had exceptional games. Fabian recorded 11 digs and Maisonet added 36 assists and six digs.
The next day, the Dolphins traveled to Lowell, Mass., to face the UMass-Lowell River Hawks in their final regular season match. After a hard-fought battle by both sides, UMass-Lowell came out with the win, topping the Dolphins in the sets 3-1. The first set went to the River Hawks in a close battle of 26-24, but then Le Moyne rallied back to even the match at 1-1 with a 25-21 victory. This comeback proved not to be enough though, as UMass-Lowell won the next two sets 25-23 and 25-14.
The Dolphins were led by juniors Allison Hebel and McDermott. Hebel registered her ninth double-double of the year, with 17 kills and 20 digs. This kill total tied her career high for the second time in the last four matches. McDermott was an offensive force for the second straight game, as she finished the day with seven kills and the overall highest hitting percentage (.376) in the conference for the third straight year. On the defensive side, Fetsch and Fabian each recorded 14 and 10 digs respectively.
The Dolphins, who will not be attending the Northeast-10 championships for only the second time in the last eight years, finished their season with a 16-12 overall record and a 6-9 record in the Northeast-10 conference.