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Houghton tops Buffalo State women’s volleyball in three

BUFFALO STATE ATHLETICS

Fisher
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo State tallied a season-high 11 blocks but it was not enough as the Bengals dropped a straight-sets loss to visiting, non-conference opponent Houghton in their final home match of the season.
 
THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: Houghton def. Buffalo State, 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-14)
LOCATION: Sports Arena - Buffalo, N.Y.
RECORDS: Houghton (9-15), Buffalo State (3-22)
 
HOW IT HAPPENED
  • Buffalo State and Houghton matched each other point-for-point in the first set until a 3-0 run gave the Highlanders a 17-12 lead. The Bengals would respond with their own run late but it wasn't enough as Houghton claimed the first frame, 25-20.
  • The Highlanders used a slow start from the Bengals in the second set to take a 19-12 lead late in the frame.
  • Buffalo State took the serve back off of an attack error and scored the next six points to cut the lead to 19-18 off of a pair of blocks from Liz Schultheis (Holley/Brockport) and Bryanna Fisher(Brooklyn/Midwood).
  • Houghton and Buffalo State would trade runs late until an assisted block from Schultheis and Fisher tied the game at 23 apiece. The Highlanders would score the next two points to win the frame 25-23.
  • Houghton jumped out to an early 13-6 lead and used the momentum to complete the sweep with a 25-14 win in the third set.
  • Eimile O'Brien (Marietta/Marcellus) led the Bengals' offense with six kills and two blocks.
  • Schultheis tallied a pair of kills and a season-high seven blocks, while Fisher finished with six blocks.
  • Jordan McKenna (Tonawanda/Kenmore East) chipped in five kills.
 
FOR THE FOES
  • Amber Edward led the Highlanders with 14 kills and 14 digs.
  • Ally Bittinger chipped in 10 kills, while Haley Unverdorben tallied 32 assists.
 
UP NEXT                  
Buffalo State will return to SUNYAC play with three matches at Brockport this weekend, beginning with Oswego on Friday at 5 p.m.