FAIRMONT, W.Va. - Head coach Kyle Shanley and the D’Youville women’s volleyball team got their 2021 campaign underway this weekend at the Fairmont State Volleyball Classic. An underclassman heavy D’Youville lost all three matches, first to Kutztown 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-15), then to Alderson Broaddus 3-1 (25-16, 25-20, 22-25, 25-12), before falling to the hosts, Fairmont State, 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-14).
Match 1 vs. Kutztown
Freshman Eve Musielak’s nine kills and freshman Jaycee Karelus’ seven led the Saints in their collegiate debuts. Freshman Emily Fischer also chipped in four kills in her first game at the collegiate level, while sophomore Brianna Damstetter (3) and freshman Emma Wlostowski (2) also tallied multiple kills D’Youville.
Freshman Kelly Cleversley, who returns from the spring 2021 season, paced the Saints with 11 digs, while Wlostowski added nine herself and freshman Samantha Killane put up eight digs in her first game in the D’Youville Red and Black.
Match 2 vs. Alderson Broaddus
In Friday evening’s setback, the Saints won their first set of the season, taking a close third set, 25-22. Trailing 20-13 in the third set, a 5-0 run highlighted by a kill and an ace from Cleversley helped D’Youville get back into the set. Tied at 22 apiece, the Saints rallied for three straight points, using a set-clinching ace by Wlostowkski that pushed the match to a fourth set.
Cleversley led the Saints with 14 kills, followed by seven from Damstetter and six kills from Musielak. Killane put up 13 digs to lead D’Youville while Cleversley tallied 12 and Fisher collected nine.
Match 3 vs. Fairmont State
The opposition remained tough Saturday morning as Fairmont State took control of the match early with a 12-point win in set one, along with a 10-point win in set two, and an 11-point victory in set three. The Falcons dominated on their home court all weekend, winning every set in all three of their matches, taking down Kutztown 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-17) and Lake Erie 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 26-24) before sweeping the Saints.
The Saints will return to the College Center Gymnasium for their home opener on Monday, September 6. Monday’s matinee match is slated for a noon start.