Volleyball's Upset Bid at Duquesne Falls Short
Nov. 4, 2012
Pittsburgh, Pa. - The Fordham volleyball team attempted to keep its playoff hopes alive on Sunday, as the Rams took on the Duquesne Dukes at the Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Rams opened with a first set win, but Duquesne rebounded to win the match three sets to one. Final set scores were 23-25, 25-22, 25-13, and 25-19.
The loss dropped Fordham to 13-19 on the year, 5-8 in the Atlantic 10, while Duquesne improved to 21-10 on the season, 8-5 in the league.
Fordham opened the match leading, 14-10, as Randi Ewing connected for five early kills. The Rams extended the lead to six, 19-13, when Ewing connected for a pair of blocks, while Abigail Konovodoff added two kills. The Dukes fought their way back into the set, as Duquesne and Fordham were tied at 23 all. However, Ewing's seventh kill of the set and a service ace by Sara Konkel gave Fordham the opening set win, 25-23.
Set two looked to be more of the same, as the Rams jumped out to an 8-3 lead, and later led 11-4 after three straight Duquesne errors. Fordham held the lead until an eventual service ace by Duquesne tied the score at 18 all. The Dukes then grabbed the lead and pushed it to a three-point edge at 23-20. The teams then traded sideouts with Duquesne winning the set, 25-22.
The third set was firmly in Duquesne's hands, as the Dukes posted five team blocks and held Fordham to a .038 hitting percentage en route to a 25-13 set win.
Set four remained in Duquesne's favor, this time connecting for 6.5 team blocks while hitting .308, as the Dukes wrapped up the match with a 25-19 set win. In all, Duquesne finished with 17.5 team blocks compared to 14 for Fordham.
For Fordham, Ewing posted a season-high 17 kills to go with nine blocks, while Lisa Hipp added nine kills, 14 digs, and three blocks. Carina Thompson also chipped in seven kills and four blocks with Konkel dishing out 39 assists with five digs and four blocks.
The Fordham volleyball team will next be in action on Wednesday, November 7th, when the Rams play at Rider, beginning at 7:00 PM.