Friday, September 5, 2014

Viktoriia Stroilo Joins 1,000-Dig Club as University of Albany Volleyball Defeats Boston College 3-2 - UAlbany Sports 2014

Courtesy: UA Sports NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Down 2-1, the volleyball UAlbany team rallied from behind in each the next two games to win over Boston College in five sets (26-24, 19-25, 22-25, 26-24, 16-14) to open the Yale Invitational. UAlbany (1-3) was down 6-2 to Boston College (2-2) in the fifth set, using a 5-0 run off the serving of Lauren Spreen to come back. The Great Danes were unable to convert the first two match points, but third was a charm after an Olivia Schonewise kill was followed by a Tatum Jungsten-Laini Leindecker combo block for the victory. "Though we made some of the same mistakes we did last week, we made corrections sooner, and that made a big difference," said UAlbany coach MJ Engstrom. "Laini [Leindecker] served aggressively tonight and we got a lot of points because of it. Amanda [Dolan] had critical kills at the end of the match, and Lauren [Spreen] did an awesome job coming into the back row at the end of the final two sets." Amanda Dolan hit .308 in the match, earning 11 kills and two solo blocks. Viktoriia Stroilo joined the 1000-dig club with 27 digs in the match, totaling 1006 in her career. Three UAlbany players earned double-doubles: Schonewise had 14 kills and 12 digs, Leindecker tallied 10 kills, 13 digs and four blocks and Mikala McCauley finished with 28 assists and 11 digs, adding three kills. For BC, Julia Topor led the Eagles with 16 kills, hitting .190. Katty Workman finished with 12 kills and 16 digs, while Sol Calvete had 10 kills and 14 digs. An early 4-1 run, capped by a Leindecker-Sofia Furlong combo block, to lead 4-2. BC took back the lead as the two sides battled back and forth, until at 10-10, a 3-0 run by BC, finished by a Lauren Fields ace, put the Eagles ahead 13-10. At 17-14, Emily Lopes served UAlbany back into the lead with four-straight points to make it 18-17. Back-and-forth the set went as BC got the first game chance after two-straight Workman kills gave BC a 24-23 advantage. Schonewise saved the day for UAlbany, notching a kill, a block and another kill for a 26-24 UAlbany win in set one. With UAlbany leading early in set two 3-2, Topor’s serving and a couple of Workman kills got a 5-0 BC run together. Using a couple of Leindecker kills, the Great Danes got back to within two at 9-7. BC got the lead to five, and following an Amy Hunter kill, Fields served the team through an 8-0 run to bring BC up 22-10. At 23-11, UAlbany did not give in, winning eight of the next nine points, including two Schonewise kills plus a kill and ace from Dolan. A Kellie Barnum kill ended the game, giving BC a 25-19 second set win. UAlbany used a couple of 3-0 runs, including a number of BC attack errors, to build an early 8-3 lead in set three. BC won five of the next six to pull within one. UAlbany kept the advantage off Lopes’s serving, taking three straight, capped by a kill and block from Hunter, to go back up 12-8. BC gained a bit of ground, but UAlbany retained the advantage until 19-17, when BC took the next three. At 21-21, BC went on a 3-0 run to get set point. UAlbany defended once, but not the second as BC won the set 25-22 to take the lead in the match 2-1. The fourth set saw an exchange of runs, as UAlbany took three-straight, then BC got three in a row and uAlbany countered with the next three to make it 6-3 UAlbany. After a UAlbany attack error, Leindecker’s serving, including an ace, sent UAlbany through a 5-0 run to build an 11-4 lead. At 14-8, BC countered with eight-consecutive points to go up 16-14. Two BC attack errors tied the set at 16 as the sides started to go back-and-ofrth again. BC went up 21-18, which UAlbany used a 3-0 run again off Leindecker’s serving to tie the game back up. BC took three of the next four for a match point chance. UAlbany protected after three-consecutive BC attack errors, capped by a Jungsten solo block to turn the tables. Schonewise finished again with a kill to give the set to UAlbany 26-24, sending the match to a tiebreak. BC started set five with a 4-0 run off Fields’s serving, later leading 6-2. Started by a Leindecker kill, Spreen served UAlbany through a 5-0 run to take the lead. The teams exchanged points until the set was tied 12-12. A Dolan kill and Workman attack error gave UAlbany match point, but BC tied it at 14. A Schonewise kill gave a third chance, which was successful after Jungsten and Leindecker blocked a Brittany Pavich attack. UAlbany took a 16-14 tiebreak win to earn the victory 3-2. UAlbany takes on tournament host Yale tomorrow at 1 p.m., followed by Minnesota at 5 p.m.

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