Lightning Volleyball Pulls Away To Top Felician In Four

Charlotte Greek posted 22 assists and nine digs in a Sept. 23, 2017, loss at Goldey-Beacom. (Steven R. Smith)
Charlotte Greek posted 22 assists and nine digs in a Sept. 23, 2017, loss at Goldey-Beacom. (Steven R. Smith)

WILMINGTON, Del. – Goldey-Beacom College won the final two sets, and never trailed in Set 4, to pull away for a 3-1 (25-14, 16-25, 25-20, 25-18) Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's volleyball victory over visiting Felician University on Saturday afternoon at the Joseph West Jones Center.

Felician (1-8, 0-4 CACC) could do little to combat the efforts of Goldey-Beacom outside hitter Breanne Haley (Elkton, Md.). The freshman hit .345 on the day and put up match highs of 25 kills and 15 digs.

Junior outside hitter Paulina Calero (El Centro, Calif.) topped the Golden Falcons with 10 kills. Felician sophomore transfer Jazlyn Pipkins (Paris, Texas) registered season highs of six kills and eight blocks.

GBC (3-9, 2-2) hit .556 in easily capturing Set 1, only to see Felician post a .500 attack percentage in Set 2 as it evened the match. The day's result turned on a third set that featured nine ties and four lead changes.

With Set 3 tied, 12-12, the Lightning earned a side-out on a kill by sophomore Makinsie Balderson (Fairfax, Va.). The point touched off a set-changing 5-0 run by the hosts. Felician pulled to within 19-17, but a service error and a Haley ace derailed its comeback attempt.

Goldey-Beacom scored the first four points of Set 4 and opened up leads of 9-3 and 14-5. A run including three kills and two blocks by Pipkins allowed the Golden Falcons to move to within a 17-14 deficit, but GBC answered with the next four points. Felician saved one match point before a Kelly Bolton (Oxford, Pa.) kill delivered the victory to the Lightning.

GBC received 10 kills and three aces from senior middle hitter Jax Babezki (Warrington, Pa.). Junior setter Olivia Florence (Glen Allen, Va.) turned in 35 assists and three aces. The Lightning's statistical edges in attack percentage (.246-.143), kills (57-34) and aces (12-4) were plenty enough to offset Felician's blocking advantage (12-6).

Sophomore libero Lauren Mack (Valparaiso, Ind.) had 14 digs and seven assists and sophomore setter Charlotte Greek (Menifee, Calif.) added 22 assists and nine digs for Felician, which hit .048 in the three sets that it lost.

Felician plays another CACC match at Dominican (N.Y.) College on Wednesday night in Orangeburg, N.Y.