BUFFALO, N.Y. – The D'Youville women's volleyball team fell to Notre Dame (Ohio) in four sets in the home opener for the Saints. The Saints fall to 0-4 on the year while the Falcons improved to 5-0.
The Falcons jumped early in set one and cruised to a 25-8 win. Notre Dame forced a D'Youville timeout after jumping out to a 10-3 lead. The Falcons lead then grew to 22-7 after a five-point scoring running coming out of a timeout.
Set two was much tighter. The stanza featured nine ties and three lead changes before the Saints pulled out a 25-22 win to level the match. The Saints took their first lead at 5-4 on a Samantha Killane ace. D'Youville would not trail for the remainder of the set. The lead grew to as many as four twice, and the Falcons came back to tie the set at 21. Head coach Kyle Shanley called a timeout, and his team responded with a 4-1 run to close the set.
Notre Dame started the third set similar to set one and led 7-1 before a D'Youville timeout. The Falcons used an early 10-point run and a few three-point spurts to claim the set 25-10.
D'Youville started set four with four straight and five of the first six points. Notre Dame battled back to take its first lead of the set at 8-7. The Falcons then extended the lead to six at 16-10. A 4-1 spurt from the Saints made it a 17-14 set, but that was as close as the Saints would get. An ace from Carly Milleville and a pair of Falcon errors got the Saints back to within three at 22-19, but the Falcons would score four of the last five points to take the set and the match.
The Saints return to action at the Roberts Wesleyan Tournament on September 17 and 18. D'Youville will play American International, Stonehill, New Haven, and the hosts over the two-day tournament.