Despite 12 kills by junior Kitty O'Sullivan (Los Angeles, Calif./Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy), Sarah Lawrence College women's volleyball fell to NYU Polytechnic, 3-0, in a non-conference match at Noyes Court at Campbell Sports Center on Thursday.
All three sets began with the teams playing evenly. The match featured 13 ties and seven lead changes, four of which came in the opening set.
In the first set, Sarah Lawrence (1-6) opened up a small 7-4 lead early in the first set before NYU-Poly (1-4) leveled the score at 11-11. After the match progressed to a 15-15, deadlock, the Fighting Blue Jays picked up 10 of the final 11 points in a 25-16 set.
The second set saw a duel between each team's top hitter. SLC's O'Sullivan notched six kills in the set, while NYU-Poly's Stephanie Serrano landed seven spikes against no attack errors. The visitors broke open a 16-9 advantage, but the Gryphons reeled in the deficit at 20-20. SLC was not availed by its rally, as NYU-Poly held firm to win the 25-22 set.
For NYU-Poly, a 13-1 run early in the third set all but sealed the victory. A pair of O'Sullivan service aces cut the gap to eight points, but the Fighting Blue Jays cruised to the 25-16 win to round out their sweep.
SLC setter Janet Tonyan (McHenry, Ill./McHenry) notched her first career double-double, logging 11 assists with 11 digs—five in the first set. Senior Jenai Richards (Kailua, Hawai'i/St. Andrew's Priory) also reached double-digit digs with a season-high 11.
NYU-Poly setter Alyssa D'Apice had a double-double with 11 assists and 10 digs, while Noelle McKoy notched the 10-dig effort. Serrano finished with a match-high 16 kills.
Sarah Lawrence hosts the 2013 SLC Volleyball Invitational this weekend. The Gryphons host King's (N.Y.) College, Maritime College, Manhattanville College and New Jersey City University for a two-day event, Saturday and Sunday at Campbell Sports Center. Matches begin at 11 a.m. both days.