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.
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.