RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Holy Family University put a damper in Felician University's Homecoming celebration by defeating the host Golden Falcons, 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-21) in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's volleyball action on Saturday afternoon at Job Gymnasium.
Holy Family (10-6, 5-1 CACC) strengthened its hold on second place in the CACC South Division. Senior setter Kacie Brien (Turnersville, N.J./Washington Township) guided the Tigers to a .231 attack percentage, posting 36 assists and four aces
HFU amassed statistical advantages of 40-25 in kills, 7-3 in service aces, and 13-4 in blocks. The Tigers held Felician (2-9, 1-5) to a .000 team attack percentage. Junior outside hitter Paulina Calero (El Centro, Cailf./Southwest) paced the Golden Falcons with eight kills and added seven digs.
Set 1 was tied on five occasions in the single-digits. Holy Family took the lead for good with a string of four consecutive points for an 11-7 edge. The Tigers led, 19-13, when four straight rallies went Felician's way, pulling the hosts with two. But, still ahead 20-18, HFU received a side-out on a Felician service error, then found Chase Wassel (North Wales, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) for four kills in a row to end the set.
The Tigers never trailed in Set 2, opening up leads of 7-1, 13-4, and 17-5. The Golden Falcons fought valiantly, coming as close as 21-16. A kill by HFU sophomore Gianna Pesognelli (Phoenix, Ariz./Pinnacle) ended the hosts' momentum. Out of a Holy Family timeout, Felician committed three consecutive attack errors to end the set.
Set 3 featured eight ties and five lead changes, with the Golden Falcons recovering from an early 6-2 deficit. Felican was ahead as late as 19-17 following a Katie Asbery (Mililani, Hawaii/Mililani) solo block. But a Wassel kill jump-started a 7-0 run for the Tigers. Brien had three aces, and Kailyn McNamee (Wayne, Pa./Upper Merion) was involved in three blocks in the spurt, which brought the visitors to the brink of victory. Felician saved two match points before the Tigers closed out the match one hour, 14 minutes, after first service.
Wassel finished with 14 kills, 12 digs and four blocks and Pesognelli added 12 kills and five blocks for Holy Family. Felician received five kills from sophomore Jazlyn Pipkins (Paris, Texas/Paris). Sophomore setter Charlotte Greek (Menifee, Calif./Murrieta Mesa) turned in 18 assists and nine digs.
Felician returns home to Rutherford for CACC action against Concordia (N.Y.) College on Tuesday at 7 p.m.