Volleyball Sweeps St. Peter’s To Open 2022

September 3, 2022

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — In sweeping style, Columbia volleyball (1-0) took down St. Peter’s (0-5), 3-0, to start 2022 with a win and provides head coach Patric Santiago his first win because the Lions’ head coach on the Central Connecticut State Invitational held at Detrick Gymnasium.
 
Columbia used a dominating third set and a powerful end to the second set to take the match, 25-17, 25-22, 25-9. On the assault, Kiara Robichaud led the Lions with 14 kills and a .526 hitting share, ending with 12.5 factors and Ruby van der Heide set the tone, ending with a match-high 25 assists in her first collegiate match.
 
“I used to be extremely pleased with our younger ladies tonight,” stated Santiago. “Whereas it was nice to get a win, seeing them assist one another, raise one another and compete was one of the best a part of the night. We’re so grateful for the chance to construct a powerful basis right here at Columbia, brick by brick and so grateful for the assist we get from our workers, directors and households.”

As a workforce, the Lions have been robust defensively holding St. Peter’s to .053 hitting share on the night time and Columbia set the tone from the service line, ending with seven aces, led by Vanessa Pan, Lauren Cho and Pierce Woodall whom all had a pair of aces within the match.
 
HOW IT HAPPENED: Columbia opened up a niche within the first set to start the match, leaping forward 13-5 due to a trio of kills from Robichaud. St. Peter’s did battle again, getting inside one level at 14-13 and following a Columbia attacking error, Santiago known as Columbia’s first timeout.
 
The Lions responded and got here out of the timeout scoring six of the subsequent 9 factors to leap forward 20-15, hitting 20 factors with a kill from Saj McBurrows. St. Peter’s, who hit solely .045 within the set, may solely handle two extra factors over the ultimate seven and a kill from Woodall, assisted by van der Heide, gave Columbia the opening set 25-17 victory.
 
St. Peter’s performed its finest set of the match within the second, and Columbia confronted its first take a look at of the season, evident by the 10-10 rating early within the set, the rating being knotted from a kill by Maria Milisa. The Peacocks hit their finest share within the match, ending the second set at .200, and the rating was tied as late as 22-22.
 
Down the stretch, Columbia’s protection put up a wall on the internet and the tied rating was damaged by a block by Juliana Williamson. The successful level got here from a pair of blocks by Williamson and Amanda Holsen, and after sending again the ultimate assault of the set the Lions had wrapped up a 25-22 second set win.
 
Rolling into the third arrange 2-0, the Lions roared to their greatest margin of victory since 2019, and when the rating hit 14-8, Columbia pulled away in dominating style. Sparked by Woodall’s kill, Columbia scored the subsequent 9 factors to take a controlling 23-9 lead. A kill from Aidan Conner, adopted by a St. Peter’s assault error, locked up the 25-9 third set victory and a straight-set season-opening win.

GAME NOTES:
– This was the primary time Columbia gained the season opener in straight units since 2014
– Columbia gained its opening match for the primary time since 2019
– The win was the primary time that the primary win of the season was a straight-set victory since 2018
– Columbia’s 25-9 third-set victory was the largest margin of victory since a 25-9 third set win over LIU in 2019
 
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