Volleyball Opens Season with Sweep of Pace, 3-0
Rockville Centre, N.Y. – The Molloy volleyball team opened the 2018 campaign with a 3-0 sweep of the Setters of Pace University. The Setters fell to 2-1 with the loss. Set-by-Set
Set One: Molloy 25, Pace 17
Set Two: Molloy 25, Pace 10
Set Three: Molloy 25, Pace 10
How It Happened
The Lions took advantage of an 8-0 run to take a 9-2 lead in the first set. Eventually, the team pulled in front by as much as 14, 23-9, before back-to-back errors from the Setters clinched the set in favor of Molloy.
After playing from behind most of the second set, a kill from sophomore Kacey Affrunti knotted the score at 19. The Lions capitalized on two errors and an additional kill from Affrunti paired with a kill from senior Jeanne Reinis to go in front, 23-19. Back-to-back kills from Affrunti and junior Sophia Smith put the maroon and white in front, 2-0.
In the third and final set, Molloy held Pace to just six kills and a .000 hitting percentage while committing just two errors of their own, hitting at .324 for the set.
Redshirt sophomore Carly Banks led the offense with 12 kills. Affrunti and juniors Hailey Wehr and Devon Hagerstrom each tallied seven. Hagerstrom led with four blocks.
Smith added 30 assists and added 10 digs for a double-double, also leading the team with three service aces.
Junior libero Jessica Fischetti totaled 20 digs to lead the maroon and white; Reinis added 17 of her own with sophomore Brittany Palladino-DesLauriers reaching double-digits with 11 digs.
Coach's Comments "Getting started with a win was very important, especially with so many new faces that weren't necessarily part of the line-up last year. I thought early on that we received and served well and got into our system." Looking Ahead Molloy continues its opening home stand on Friday (Aug. 31) by hosting Nyack College and Le Moyne College in a tri-match. The action kicks off at 3:00 p.m. against the Warriors.