The Mustangs volleyball team hosted a trimatch in Blue Bell, Pa. Saturday as the squad's last home game of the regular season schedule. The participating teams were the Lackawanna College Falcons and the Delaware County Community College Phantoms.
In the first round, the Mustangs competed against the Falcons and came away with a three-set win. Match scores were 25-22, 25-17 and 25-16. The Mustangs racked up 35 kills in the effort, led offensively by the team's outside hitters. Freshman Alex Griffin totaled a season high of 10 kills, while freshman Liz Herezi added nine. Jen Casatelli and Marissa Raimondi also tallied five kills each.
Also noteworthy was sophomore Nikki Reichert's performance, in which she collected 26 assists in the effort. The team's overall hitting average was .232 and the group collectively tallied 13 aces.
Defensively, the Mustangs received 52 balls with just two errors, for a 96% passing efficiency. Serve-receive patterns were led by Kelsey Kowalick, with 19 perfect attempts. Herezi also notched 12 perfect attempts. The team amassed 24 digs, which were spread across the defensive pattern. Reichert dug six balls, Herezi had five and Griffin and Niki Gass totaled four each.
In the team's second match of the day, the Mustangs faced off against the Phantoms and stole another three-set win, with game scores of 25-9, 25-14 and 25-13.
The Mustangs managed a season high hitting average of .244 or 6.67 kills per game and they collected a total of 20 kills against the Phantoms. Griffin led on averages with a 1.000, putting away three kills on three attempts. Herezi led in numbers with six kills, while Casatelli and Raimondi each chipped in three. Reichert led in ages with five and Griffin added four. Reichert also notched 12 assists.
On defense, the Mustangs were led by freshman middle Kendall Gazzo, who dug up eight balls. Gass followed closely with five. Gazzo also led in blocks with two. Kowalick led in the serve-receive patter with seven passes and 100% efficiency. Gass passed six balls with 83% efficiency.
Mustangs Head Coach Misti Volpe said of the day, "I feel that our girls are adjusting well to lineup changes. The practice and cohesiveness we've built as a base from the beginning of the season is flowing into that new lineup. They are playing with a renewed energy and I am excited to see how the rest of the season turns out."
The Mustangs travel to Delaware Technical College: Terry Campus next to compete against the NJCAA Division II team on Monday October 8.