BRONXVILLE, N.Y. - The Concordia College women's volleyball team was edged at home against Nyack College in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) North Division match on Wednesday evening, 3-2.
Prior to the start of match seniors Celine Arada (San Francisco, Calif.), Jenny Martin (Simi Valley, Calif.), and Delaney Stuhr (Thornton, Colo.) were all honored for their hard work and dedication to the women's volleyball program over their careers with Concordia.
In the first set the Clippers would begin with a 9-4 lead until five unanswered points for the Warriors put the visitors ahead, 11-10. Nyack would increase their advantage to 17-13, but a 6-1 run for Concordia would allow them to regain the lead at 19-18. The Warriors wouldn't back down and came back to lead 23-21, but following a timeout for the Clippers, Concordia would end the set with a 6-2 run to claim a 27-25 victory.
The second set would be a back-and-forth battle as neither side was able to gain an advantage on the scoreboard through the first half of the set. Nyack would use a 9-3 advantage to lead 21-16 as the Clippers answered back with three straight points. Concordia was unable to score another point in the set as the Warriors ended with a 4-0 run to take a 25-19 win.
The Clippers would come out strong offensively in the third set to lead 13-5. Concordia would maintain their sizable advantage until a 4-1 run for Nyack cut the lead to six, 22-16, as the Clippers would call timeout. The Warriors attempted a late run with five straight points to cut their deficit to two, but Concordia would hold on for the 25-21 victory and led 2-1 in the match.
The fourth set would be another close set on the scoreboard as the Clippers led 15-11 midway through. Nyack used an 8-1 run to take a 19-16 advantage as Concordia would bounce back to knot the score at 19-19. The Warriors ended the set on a 6-3 run to take a 25-22 win and send the match to a fifth and decisive set.
The Clippers began the final set with the first three points as Nyack answered with a 5-0 run to lead 5-3. Concordia would tie the set at 6-6, but three straight points for the visitors put them ahead 9-6 as the Clippers called timeout. A 6-2 run for Concordia would follow as the home team led by a point. The Clippers were unable to keep their lead as the Warriors scored four of the last five points to take a 15-13 victory to edge out a 3-2 match win.
Sophomore Camila Rabassa (Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico) led the offense for Concordia with a career-high 14 kills on a .435 attacking percentage. Sophomore Thalia Hoyos (Caguas, Puerto Rico) added 11 kills while Martin added 10 kills and 24 assists for the double-double. Junior Bianca Ortiz (Ponce, Puerto Rico) also recorded 24 assists in the match while Arada led the defense with 14 digs.
The Clippers (5-14, 5-13 CACC) will close out their regular season schedule on Saturday afternoon at Post University in a CACC North Division match in Waterbury, Conn. First serve is set for 12 p.m. as fans unable to attend can follow the action by accessing the live stats and video links under the women's volleyball schedule page on ConcordiaClippers.com.