New London, CT – The Albertus Magnus College Women's Volleyball team rallied from two sets down to win its first match of the season by a 3-2 final at Mitchell College on Wednesday night in non conference action.
Mitchell College took the first two sets by scores of 25-14 and
25-18 before Albertus responded to win the next three.
Albertus Magnus won the final three sets by the final
scores of 25-23, 25-20 and 15-5.
Elizabeth Williams (West Haven, CT/Hyde Leadership) led the Falcons with nine kills and added 12 digs and two blocks. Maritza Rosemond (New Haven, CT/Career) chipped in with 22 assists and nine digs while Krista LaBissoniere (Meriden, CT/ OH Platt) contributed a match-high 16 digs.
In the third set, Mitchell looked poised to put the match away with an early 11-6 lead. LaBissoniere got the Falcons back in the set with four straight points from the service line, and Albertus Magnus later took its first lead at 15-14 on the serve of Rosemond. The score then went back and forth until the final moments when a kill by Tiffany Ortiz (New Haven, CT/Career) snapped a 23-23 tie with LaBissoniere serving an ace to with the third set 25-23.
The fourth set was close in the early going, though the Falcons took the lead for good on a pair of service aces from Melissa Manning (Milford, CT/Foran) that made it 13-11. A kill by Ortiz later finished off the set at 25-20 forcing a deciding fifth game.
The Falcons got to work quickly in the final set, soaring
out to a 7-0 advantage behind the serve of Rosemond. Williams also
contributed a pair of kills during the stretch and a pair of
service aces to take the fifth set and match 15-5.
Albertus Magnus finished with seven block solos in the game, led by three from Ortiz. Williams also had four of the Falcons' 10 service aces on the night.
The Falcons improve to 1-10, 0-6 GNAC while Mitchell College drops to 3-8, 0-2 NECC. Albertus Magnus will next host a tri-match on Sunday against Bay Path College and Curry College starting at 11:00 am.