Behren’s Records Sixth Double-Double as Saint Peter’s Escapes NJIT Thrilling Comeback in a Five-Set Victory

Over the past eight years, the NJIT Highlanders dominated the non-conference season series vs. Saint Peter’s by winning six out of their eight match-ups.

The Peacocks were able to end that dominance Wednesday night as Lauren Behrens recorded 18 kills and 27 digs which is her sixth double-double this season and her season high in digs.

“During the game, I didn’t notice,” said Behren. “It was nice finding out about it after the game since it was a hard fought win.”

The Peacocks seemed to be in complete control as they won the first set convincingly 25-16, and won the second set 25-20. As the Peacocks entered their third set and fans started exiting the Yanitelli Center after believing Saint Peter’s would sweep NJIT, the Highlanders stormed back.

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After stealing the third set from the Peacocks by 2 points, the Highlanders scored five of the last seven points to win the fourth set and send the game into a thrilling final set.

The Highlanders jumped out to an easy 14-11 lead and only needed one more point to snatch the game from the hands of the Peacocks. Saint Peter’s regained power and won the next 5 points to seal a game they almost gave away.

“I knew we would be able to come back,” said freshman Greta Varvell who also added 11 kills and 5 digs. “We just needed to mentally decide that we were still in the game.”

Junior Amanda Colombo added 11 kills while freshman Marlena Budna added 12 digs followed by 8 kills.

The Saint Peter’s Women’s Volleyball team is now 2-9 on the year after grabbing their first home victory at the Yanitelli Center. They head to Connecticut to play against Fairfield Saturday and Quinnipiac Sunday in two league match-ups.


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