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Buffalo State women’s volleyball rallies to defeat Medaille in marathon match

BUFFALO STATE ATHLETICS

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Alena McKelvey (Buffalo/City Honors) and Bryanna Fisher (Brooklyn/Midwood) recorded a combined 29 kills as Buffalo State rallied by winning three-straight sets, including a 20-18 thrilling final set, to survive a five-set marathon for a non-conference win in this evening's home opener.
 
MATCH #1 BASICS
FINAL SCORE:  Buffalo State def. Medaille, 3-2 (21-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-20, 20-18)
LOCATION: Sports Arena - Buffalo, N.Y.
RECORDS: Buffalo State (3-7), Medaille (2-5)
 
HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Buffalo State traded points early in the first set, until Medaille closed the set with a pair of 3-0 runs to claw their way to a win the first frame, 25-21.
  • The Mavericks raced out to a 7-0 run in the second set and used the momentum to claim the second set 25-21.
  • The Bengals regrouped following a 2-0 set deficit to take an early 13-7 lead in the third set. Medaille responded with a 5-0 run, fueled by a few attack errors by Buffalo State, to take a 21-18 lead.
  • Jordan McKenna (Tonawanda/Kenmore East) took over the serve from there and lead the Bengals on a 7-0 run to give Buffalo State a 25-21 win.
  • Buffalo State and Medaille battled for much of the fourth set, but the Bengals used a 6-0 early and a 4-0 run late to claim the set, 25-20.
  • The Mavericks used a 5-0 run early in the fifth set to tie the game at 14-14. Buffalo State and Medaille again traded points until back-to-back kills from Abby Mosher (Little Falls/Little Falls) and Eimile O'Brien(Marietta/Marcellus) completed the Buffalo State comeback win.
  • McKelvey led the Bengals with 16 kills, seven digs and two block assists.
  • Fisher finished with 13 kills to go along with two block assists.
  • Mosher, O'Brien and McKenna chipped in seven, six and six kills respectively, while Brooke Federko(Jamestown/Jamestown) added 30 assists.
 
FOR THE FOES

  • Lindsay Howell led the Mavericks with 15 kills and a .444 attack percentage.
  • Eleanor Clark chipped in 13 kills and 22 assists.
 
UP NEXT                  
Buffalo State will host the six-team Bengal Challenge this weekend in the Sports Arena. The Bengals will open on Friday against the University of Rochester at 5 p.m.