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Niagara volleyball closes non-conference play with losses to Bucknell and Brown


HARTFORD, C.T. -- The Purple Eagles closed out non-conference play on Saturday with losses to Bucknell and Brown in their final matches of the Hartford Invitational.

Match 1: Niagara vs. Bucknell
SCORE: Bucknell 3, Niagara 0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-13)
RECORDS: Bucknell (5-2), Niagara (0-8)

Match Summary
First Set

  • Niagara took an early 5-2 lead over the Bison in the first set. The Purple Eagles and Bucknell were tied 10-10, but the Bison went on a 7-0 run to take a 17-10 lead over NU.
  • The Purple Eagles answered with a 3-0 run to cut the lead to four points, 17-13, but the Bison answered with a 3-0 run of their own to extend their lead, 20-13.
  • NU and the Bison went back and forth for the remainder of the first set, but Bucknell maintained the lead, taking the first set 25-17.
Second Set
  • The Purple Eagles and the Bison kept things close in the second set. The Bison took a 12-7 lead, but the Purple Eagles battled back and trailed by only three points, 13-10.
  • NU and Bucknell went back and forth with the Purple Eagles keeping within a few points of the Bison's lead. NU trailed by only three points, 23-20, late in the set, but the Bison scored the winning points, taking the second set 25-20 and taking a 2-0 match lead.
Third Set
  • Niagara and Bucknell once again kept things close to open the third set, but the Bison began to pull away, going on a 6-0 run to take a 10-point lead over the Purple Eagles, 18-8. The Bison allowed the Purple Eagles only five more points, winning the match in straight sets.

Eagle's Eye On…

Match 2: Niagara vs. Brown
SCORE: Brown 3, Niagara 1 (25-16, 25-15, 25-19, 25-23)
RECORDS: Brown (3-2), Niagara (0-9)

Match Summary
First Set

  • Brown took a quick lead over the Purple Eagles in the first set, going on an 8-0 run to take a 10-2 advantage. NU and the Bears went back and forth before the Bears went on another scoring run, 5-0, to extend their lead, 20-8.
  • The Purple Eagles answered with a 6-0 run, including two kills from Grace Hetterscheidt, to trail by only six points, 20-14. But Brown allowed the Purple Eagles only one more point, earning the 25-16 set one victory.
Second Set
  • The Purple Eagles and the Bears kept things close to begin the second set. A kill from Paris capped a 4-0 scoring run for NU to give the team a 9-7 lead over the Bears.
  • The Bears quickly tied things up, 9-9, but a 3-0 run from Niagara put the Purple Eagles back in the lead, 12-9.
  • The Bears took the lead, 16-12, after scoring seven consecutive points. The Bears went on a 6-0 run to close out the set and take a 2-0 match lead.
Third Set
  • Niagara came out strong in the third set and trailed the Bears only once. The score was tied early, 4-4, but the Purple Eagles quickly regained their lead, 7-4.
  • Kills from Paris, Maris and Leitch extended NU's lead, 15-10.
  • The Bears came within three points of the Purple Eagles' lead, 16-13, but Niagara held steady, going on a 4-0 run which kicked off with two straight kills from Jessica Streuer. The Purple Eagles won the third set, 25-19.
Fourth Set
  • Set four was a battle between Niagara and Brown. The teams scored back and forth, but three straight errors from the Bears put the Purple Eagles in the lead, 8-5.
  • Kills by Paris, Hetterscheidt and Mary Redl extended the lead for NU, 11-6. The Purple Eagles led 19-15, but the Bears went on a 4-0 run to knot the score, 19-19.
  • The Purple Eagles reclaimed their lead, 22-20, but Brown once again came back to tie things up, 22-22. The Bears would hold on to narrowly win the set, 25-23, and earn the four-set victory over the Purple Eagles.

Eagle's Eye On…

  • Hetterscheidt led the team with 11 kills and Redl added a career-high 10 kills.
  • Wright led the Purple Eagles with a career-high 21 digs.
  • Streuer had a career-high 31 assists.
  • Leitch added eight kills and 12 digs and had two service aces.

Up Next

  • The Purple Eagles open conference play next weekend, facing Siena on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 1:00 p.m. and Marist on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 1:00 p.m.

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