Volleyball Begins A-10 Stretch Run With Home Match Against Temple on Friday
Nov. 4, 2011
Bronx, N.Y. - The Rams welcome the Temple Owls to the Rose Hill Gym on Friday night, as both teams look to stay in the hunt for the final A-10 playoff spot. Since Fordham joined the Atlantic 10, Temple has been the overwhelming favorite in the series, winning the first 23 times before Fordham registered its first win against the Owls in 2006. Overall, Temple leads the series 29-5, but Fordham has won each of the last three meetings, and four of the last six.
LAST TIME OUT: Still playing without three players, the Fordham volleyball team looked to pull out another win against a nemesis team like they did against Saint Louis. Unfortunately, despite a career-high 18 kills from Fordham's Randi Ewing, the Rams dropped a four-set match to the Duquesne Dukes. Final set scores were 25-12, 23-25, 28-26, and 25-22.
Set one was mostly in favor of Duquesne, as the Dukes scored 13 of the final 17 points to take the set by 12.
The second set had a lot of back-and-forth play with seven tie scores, the last at 23 all. The Rams then got back-to-back kills from Randi Ewing to earn the 25-23 set win, and knot the match at one set apiece.
Set three was just as tight with Fordham having a pair of set points at 24-23 and 25-24. However, two service errors by the Rams left the score tied. Duquesne then got a service ace to get the advantage and eventually got the set win, 28-26, on a kill by Sara Scheirman.
In the final set, Duquesne built up a seven-point lead, earning match point at 24-17. Fordham valiantly fought off five match points to get the score to 24-22, but a block by Allison Foschia would give Duquesne the match win.
For Fordham, Ewing had a career-high 18 kills to go with four blocks, while Brittany Daulton added 15 kills and six digs. Mary Diamantidis had a season-high 42 assists to go with nine digs and three kills with Kim Capicotto adding eight kills. Emily Atwood also had a career-high 19 digs for the Rams.
MILESTONES: In the Connecticut match, senior Megan Arend posted 10 digs to surpass the 800-career digs plateau. She has 815 digs heading into today's match.
Senior Brittany Daulton played in her 100th career match last Friday against Saint Louis, posting a team-high 15 kills and leading the Rams to their first-ever win over the Billikens. She is also nine kills shy of 600 for her career.
Randi Ewing surpassed the 100-blocks plateau for the season last weekend in style, posting a career-high 12 against Saint Louis on Friday. It was one shy of the school record of 13, set by Marija Markovic in 2006.