(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson women's volleyball team turned in a pair of strong performances on Senior Day, posting wins over visiting Ursinus College and Eastern Mennonite University.
The Red Devils opened with a 3-1, Centennial Conference win over Ursinus, posting scores of (25-18, 25-22, 22-25, 25-23). Dickinson broke a 14-14 tie with an 8-3 run the first set and closed out the opener on a kill by junior Anastasiya Khlopina (St. Petersburg, Russia).
The second set was close the entire way with the Devils winning the final three points for a 25-22 decision. The Bears jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the third and led 23-17 until a late run cut the deficit to 23-21. The Devils held on two set points before Ursinus finally earned one to take the third, 25-23.
The Red Devils overcame a 16-9 deficit in the fourth and rallied at the end with a 5-1 run to win the match.
The Red Devils had three players reach double-digits in kills led by a match-high 15 from junior Lauren Beecher (Mansfield, Mass./Mansfield). Beecher added six digs and four block assists as well.
Junior Erin Bongo (Rockaway, N.J./Morris Knolls) tallied 14 kills and 15 digs while classmate Norma Jean Park (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) added 12 kills, five assisted blocks and four solos. Senior Lauren Ahern (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) had six kills, four digs and four block assists.
Senior Arielle Misrok (Ardsley, N.Y./Ardsley) recorded a match-high 27 digs to go with three service aces and four assists. First-year setter Alex Berezan (Surrey, B.C./Earl Marriott Secondary) dished out 35 assists while classmate Leah Guzick (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) had seven, and Jacqueline Banker (Rockaway Park, N.J./Archbishop Molloy) chipped in with eight digs.
The Red Devils had to work hard for all three games but managed to sweep Eastern Mennonite in the nightcap, playing three close sets. The Devils won the opener 25-22 and survived a marathon second, 28-26. They finished the third set with a strong run to win the match 25-21.
The first set went back-and-forth before the Royals pulled in front 10-6. The Devils kept chipping away to tie the match, 16-16. The teams traded leads to pull even again at 20-20. Dickinson then pulled away behind big kills from Beecher and Park to claim the set.
The second saw a similar pattern as EMU took an early lead before the Devils made a run. The Devils went up, 20-15, on a kill from sophomore Megan Gombatz (Farmington, Conn./Farmington). The Royals would answer, knotting the match 24-24.
Each team had a chance to close out the set but it would be the Devils with a kill and service ace from Park to hold on, 28-26.
Dickinson had a quick start in the third, leading 4-1. The visitors rallied to even the set at 8-8. The score see-sawed before a three-point run put the Devils up, 20-17. Bongo recorded three kills down the stretch before Gombatz put one down for the final of 25-21.
Bongo led the way with 15 kills, 11 digs and a pair of aces. Park reached double-figures again as well with 13 kills and four block assists. Banker was solid on the line, serving up five aces in the match.
Berezan and Guzick dished out 27 and 13 assists, respectively, while Misrok tallied a match-high 19 digs to become just the third player in program history to reach 1,300 in her career.
The Red Devils improve to 12-11 overall and 4-5 in the Centennial Conference. They are home again on Wednesday night, hosting Elizabethtown College at 7:00 pm.