|Fairfield (15-9, 10-4 MAAC)||25||25||25||3|
|Saint Peter’s (3-21, 1-13 MAAC)||22||13||14||0|
BY AMANDA JONES
Saint Peter’s (3-21) tallied a loss against Fairfield (15-9), 3-0, on Saturday. This is the women’s volleyball team’s thirteenth loss in the Metro Athletic Atlantic Conference (MAAC) of this season.
About 50 people came out to support the game hosted at the Yanitelli Center. This game was the 40th time the two teams met for the MAAC since the 1985 season.
The Peacock’s started off strong as they lead the first set. The teams played fiercely, tying the score, 11-11, about halfway. A kill by freshman Kenyale McGinnis gave the lady Peacocks the lead at 22-24. However, the Stags came back with a kill by Megan O’Sullivan. This helped the Stags finish the first set on top, 25-22.
“I felt like in the first set we did really well,” Kenyale McGinnis.
The second set had a similar result. Both teams had various attack and service errors. Saint Peter’s Freshman Marlena Budna made an attack error and Freshman Greta Varvell made a service ace. The Stags ultimately took the win in the second set, 25-13.
“Towards the end I felt like my defense wasn’t as good as it could’ve been, but I think as a team we did pretty well,” said Greta Varvell.
In the third and final match, the Peacocks rushed to tie the score, 3-3. This was achieved by a bad set made by Fairfield’s Sydney Buckley and two kills by Saint Peter’s Lauren Behrens. The score was now at 15-10. Kills by Megan O’Sullivan and Skyler Day set a 6-1 run by Fairfield.
After a Peacock’s timeout, Fairfield followed with a 4-0 run. This run was cut short by a kill from Kenyale McGinnis from Kaitlyn Sitton. The Peacocks tried persistently to come back and win the match with a 3-0 run. However, the Stags came out on top, finishing 25-14, and ultimately winning all three of the matches.
“In the beginning they started off really, really strong and I think they lost a little bit of focus and I’m not very happy about how we ended it…” said head coach Monica Dempsey.
This is Monica Dempsey’s first season as head coach of the Saint Peter’s women’s volleyball team. Since 2103, Dempsey held the same position for the Sideout Sports Volleyball Club in Fairfield, N.J. She currently still participates in indoor and beach volleyball competitively.
The Peacock’s are now ( 1-13 ) in the MAAC, and (3-21) overall.
“It looks like it’s been bad if you look at our record but I think we’re doing a good job. We learn, we grow…we don’t win any games…it’d be easy for us to kind of throw in the towel, and the girls keep moving forward and keep progressing, so that’s all I can ask of them,” said Dempsey.
“We had our ups and our downs but the one thing we did was that we stayed pretty united the whole season, so that was a definite plus,” said Greta Varvell.
Up next is the match between the Peacocks and the Iona Gaels on November 11th at 7pm. This will be the Peacocks last home game of the season.