ROSEMONT, PA – The Pratt Institute women's volleyball team collected their first win of the 2017 season, a 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-14) decision over an experienced Rosemont Ravens squad on Saturday at Alumnae Hall.
"We played our best game of the season by far," stated head coach Louis Sepulveda. "Passing was exceptional, our middle was strong and our defense was balanced."
In the first set, Pratt opened a quick 4-1 advantage, capped off by a Patricia Morales kill. The Ravens closed the gap to 9-6, but would come no closer as the aforementioned Cannoneers defense forced four Rosemont hitting errors during a 5-0 run to increase their lead to 14-6. Leading 18-14, an Emelen Mikelic kill and a pair of Julia Kubak service aces sealed Game 1 for Pratt, 25-14.
A highly-contested second set saw both teams match point for point, with the score tied at 11. The Cannoneers regained the lead after forcing Rosemont into a pair of hitting errors, while back-to-back kills by Marlena Todd and Cori Glidden increased their lead to 16-12. With Pratt holding a commanding lead, the Ravens ran off five consecutive points to close the gap to 21-19. However, Pratt responded by taking the next four points and set, highlighted by an Oliver Buika kill and Julia Kubak service ace.
As the third set began, a pair of Julia Kubak kills opened a 4-2 Pratt lead. After the Ravens got within one, 5-4, the Pratt service game took control. Consecutive aces by Cori Glidden and four by Emelen Mikelic allowed the Cannoneers to open a commanding 20-6 lead and cruise to a 25-14 win.
On the afternoon, Pratt struck for 16 total aces, with Glidden and Mikelic sharing top honors with five apiece. Marlena Todd again led the team in kills with seven, while Oliver Buika and Julia Kubak notched six and five respectively. Alivia Senevoravong had another strong performance running the offense, collecting 18 assists, while Patricia Morales totaled nine digs. Defensively, Pratt forced 19 hitting errors and limited Rosemont to an overall .014 hitting percentage.
Up Next: The Cannoneers return to Brooklyn for their Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC) opener against the Lions of King's College. First serve is scheduled for 7:30 pm.