Pipkins, Felician Earn Historic Volleyball Win Over Post

Volleyball player blocking in white jersey.
Jazlyn Pipkins became Felician's all-time leader in total blocks during an Oct. 24, 2019, home win over Post. (Steven R. Smith)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Senior middle blocker Jazlyn Pipkins (Paris, Texas/Paris) became Felician University's all-time leader in total blocks during the Golden Falcons' 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-15) Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's volleyball victory over visiting Post University on Thursday night at Job Gymnasium

Felician, which has won a school-record 10 consecutive matches, improved its CACC won-lost record to 11-1 and is now 13-12 overall. That ledger marks the first time the Golden Falcons have owned a winning percentage above .500 at any time in their 16-year history. Felician also matched the program record for victories. It was 13-18 in 2018.

In fewer than three seasons, Pipkins, a transfer from Cedar Valley College, owns 172 blocks (46 solo, 126 assisted). With five blocks in the second set on Thursday, she passed the former record of 166 held by Laura Peskosky, who played for Felician from 2005-08. She finished with seven for the night. Teammate Kali Vodrazka (Bayonne, N.J./Bayonne) added four total blocks and tied Peskosky for second place at 166.

Felician featured a balanced offense against the Eagles guided by freshman setter Miquela Martinez (Santa Fe, N.M./St. Michael's). The Golden Falcons hit .219 for the night, with Martinez totaling three kills, 29 assists, 10 digs and four aces. Outside hitters Raamiah Edwards (Bloomfield, N.J./Bloomfield) (10 digs) and Maddie Sloan (Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) (eight digs) put down eight kills apiece.

Felician scored five consecutive first-set points to extend a two-point lead to 19-12, a run which included a pair of Sloan kills, and won the set by the same seven-point margin. The hosts embarked on a longer streak to take control of Set 2, capturing eight rallies in a row to flip a 12-11 deficit into a seven-point edge.

Post (2-21, 2-10) cut an early 8-4 deficit to 13-12 in Set 3, but the Golden Falcons thwarted the Eagles' comeback hopes by winning seven of the next eight points. From her libero position, Felician sophomore Sierra Gallagher (Honolulu, Hawaii/Kamehameha) ended the match with her only kill of the night.

Vodrazka and Felician junior middle Katie Asbery (Mililani, Hawaii/Mililani) each finished with seven kills and four blocks. Gallagher paced the defense with 23 digs and three assists. Senior Shannon Veale (Toms River, N.J./Toms River South) turned in a match-high 12 kills for the Eagles.

The Golden Falcons defeated Post twice in a season for just the second time in program history (2013).

Felician completes a three-match homestand with a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday against 2018 CACC champion Holy Family University.