JERSEY CITY, N.J. - The Marist volleyball team was victorious today in a 3-0 match (25-21, 25-17, 25-19) over Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) competitor Saint Peter’s. Marist runs its MAAC record to 6-2, and its overall record to 12-6.
Sophomore Courtney Shaw (Centennial, Colo.) led the Red Foxes in kills during the match, totaling 14 as well as five blocks. Senior Grace Hill (Kalamazoo, Mich.) had eight kills, while sophomore Kelsey Lahey (Bowling Green, Ohio) and junior Mackenzie Stephens (Holland, Mich.) both had six kills each. Stephens hit .462 in the match.
Senior Audra Brady (Allentown, Pa.) had 33 assists. Freshman Lexi Millington (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) led the Red Foxes in service aces with four. Junior Marisa Gilbert (Pflugerville, Texas) had four blocks and one service ace.
The first set was tight until Marist went on a 5-0 run to increase its lead to 19-14. Saint Peter’s then answered with four straight points, but a kill by Shaw stopped the Peacocks’ rally, bringing the score to 20-18. With four more kills by the Red Foxes, two by Shaw, they secured their first set win, 25-21.
The second set started out close until the Red Foxes went on runs of 6-0 and 3-0, led by two kills from Stephens, and an ace by Millington to give them a 17-12 lead. After a point for Saint Peter’s, the Red Foxes answered with a 5-0 run, led by three kills by Shaw. A service ace by Gilbert ended set two with a Red Fox win, 25-17.
During the third set, the Red Foxes were able to go on a 3-0 run to give them a 5-3 lead early. After back and forth points, the Foxes went on a 5-0 run, all off errors by Saint Peter’s, to lead 12-6. Saint Peter’s came back to get within one, 18-17. The Red Foxes then pulled away with four consecutive points, and a kill by Stephens secured the Red Foxes’ third set win, 25-19.
The Red Foxes will return to the court for two matches next weekend, home at the McCann Arena, against Fairfield on Saturday and Quinnipiac on Sunday. First serve of both matches is scheduled for 1 p.m.