September 15, 2013

VOLLEYBALL: For Second Straight Weekend, Red Takes One of Three

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The volleyball team finished its second straight weekend with a 1-2 tournament record, bringing its overall record to 2-4 with three games remaining before the start of the Ivy League season. This weekend’s tournament started the same way that last weekend’s tournament ended — with a five-set match that ultimately ended in a loss for the Red. This time, the opponent was LIU-Brooklyn, the tournament host. The Red lost the first game, 25-22, before flipping the score in its favor and taking home a 25-22 win in the second game. The third game remained a back-and-forth affair, with neither team gaining an advantage of more than two points, until the Blackbirds went on a 6-0 run at the end to win the match, 25-19. In the fourth match, the Red once again turned the tables on the Blackbirds, breaking a 20-20 deadlock and taking the match, 25-23. Although the Red quickly fell behind in the final set, the team powered its way to a two point deficit at 14-12 before losing the final point on a Blackbird kill. In last weekend’s five-set loss to Bucknell, the Red won the first game, but dropped the next two before taking the fourth game to force a fifth set. Senior outside hitter Kelly Marble noted the similarities between the Red’s two matches. “In both of those matches, we won game four and had momentum going into the fifth,” she said. “We need to maintain consistency throughout all the sets and particularly focus on the … fundamentals in the fifth set

Photo: Enoch Newkirk / Staff Photographer