Manhattan Topples St. Francis Brooklyn At Home
Riverdale, NY - Manhattan volleyball claimed its first home victory of the season Wednesday, October 10, defeating non-conference foe St. Francis Brooklyn in four sets. The Jaspers are on a two-match win streak, having beaten Siena on the road in a sweep on October 7. Manhattan improves to 2-18 on the year, while St. Francis Brooklyn falls to 5-15. Highlights:
Freshman hitter Vivian Donovan (Newport Beach, CA / Newport Harbor), who has earned double-digit kills in her last five matches, notched a career- and match-high 18 kills against the Terriers. Since the Jaspers played Niagara on September 29, Donovan has collected 71 kills (14.2 per match). She had 59 total before the Niagara match.
Senior Sandra Lozanova (Pernik, Bulgaria/Fresno State) added 10 kills for the Jaspers against St. Francis Brooklyn, her first double-digit kill performance of the season.
Sophomore Erin Hoener (St. Louis, MO / Incarnate Word) posted five blocks for Manhattan, her second-consectutive five-block performance and her season-high. She added eight kills.
Defensive specialist Samantha Wagner (Sandy, UT / Hofstra) led the match with four service aces, tying her season best. She now has 19 on the season, averaging .38 per set for fifth in the MAAC. Donovan added three aces on the night, bringing her season total to 19, as well. Donovan ranks seventh in the league at .34 aces per set.
Wagner and libero Alyssa Rehrer (Lorton, VA / South County) combined for 31 digs on the night, helping Manhattan to a 60-57 dig advantage. Rehrer totaled 17, while Wagner added 14.
Freshman Shruti Mangipudi (San Ramon, CA / Doughtery Valley) tallied 27 assists, bringing her season total to 270. At 5.51 assists per set played, she ranks 10th in the MAAC.
Manhattan combined for just a .127 hitting percentage on the night, but held the Terriers to .038, including a -.200 first set. The Jaspers also committed just 17 attack errors to St. Francis Brooklyn's 31.
Una Stevic led the Terriers with seven kills. Wies Hurkmans earned a match-high six blocks.
Up Next: The Jaspers host Quinnipiac in a MAAC rematch on Saturday, October 13 in Draddy Gymnasium. Manhattan fell to the Bobcats in three sets on on the road when the teams first played in September. First serve is scheduled for 1:00 pm.