Sep 02, 2014
WENHAM, Mass.—The Becker College volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Gordon College Tuesday evening. The Fighting Scots broke through a tough opening set before finding their rhythm in the final two sets to complete a 25-18, 25-12, 25-15 win.
The Fighting Scots looked like they might pull away in the first stanza, racing out to a 16-9 lead with a wide-spread attack by their frontline. However, the Hawks took six of the next eight points and crept as close as 20-17 in the set before Gordon head coach Sue Kelly was forced to call a timeout to regroup. Gordon responded well to the huddle, winning five of the final six points on the arm of Krystal Vander Ark's (Santa Barbara, Calif.) services.
A battle in the first set refocused the team's efforts and they once again jumped out to an early lead at 17-7. The Hawks held tight the Scots in the early stages of the second set, trailing 7-6 at one point, but Gordon's Joy Kimmel (Madison, Conn.) won seven consecutive service points to put some distance between the two squads. Gordon and Becker traded points the rest of the way, but the Fighting Scots managed their largest win of the night at 25-12 to put the match in striking distance.
The third set followed suit with the first two, as Gordon managed to once again put their opponents in an early hold, 10-2. Marissa Turner (Coventry, R.I.) won a few service points in a row to make it an 11-5 game, but Gordon proved to be too tough down the stretch—taking the final set 25-15.
Samantha Caouette (Montague, Mass.) was the points leader for the Hawks, pacing the offense with four kills. Charlene Landry (Gorham, Maine) had eight assists and five digs, while libero Chase Peterson (Redding, Conn.) led the Becker defense with 12 digs.
Gordon's spread attack saw many of its front-line players get involved in the scoring. Jessica Burdick (Brewerton, N.Y.) led all players with seven kills, while Jenna Labbadia (Berlin, Conn.) and Laura Schmidt (Stuart, Fla.) each chipped in six kills apiece. Senior Faith Gerdes (Wall Lake, Iowa) also had a good day with five kills in the middle of the offense. Kimmel has 20 assists and Maggie Risma (Hudson, Ohio) managed 16 digs from her spot in the back.
The Fighting Scots are back in action this weekend at the Colby Invitational in Waterville, Maine beginning on Friday at 7:00 p.m. Becker fell to 1-4 on the season and await a matchup with Clark on Saturday at noon.