Mercy Athletics Moment #10: Volleyball Wins Five-Set Thriller Over Roberts Wesleyan

Mercy Athletics Moment #10: Volleyball Wins Five-Set Thriller Over Roberts Wesleyan

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (June 21, 2017) – For the third year in a row, Mercy College Athletics will recap the year by counting down the Top-10 most memorable moments of the 2016-17 season, with all 10 sports represented.

Mercy College Athletics will release a Top-10 moment, as chosen by the athletics staff, with a weekly recap every Wednesday throughout the summer, culminating with the top moment from the 2016-17 athletic year being unveiled on August 23rd.

No. 10 – Volleyball Wins Five-Set Thriller Over ECC Foe Roberts Wesleyan

Our first moment in year three of our top-10 goes to volleyball who earned an exciting five-set victory over ECC foe Roberts Wesleyan College on October 16, 2016.

The Mavericks entered the contest looking for their second conference win of the season, while the Redhawks entered with a 3-3 record in ECC play. Mercy had just participated in a tri-match the day before against Daemen College and Saint Anselm College at Victory Gymnasium.

Roberts Wesleyan opened the match by taking a 9-5 lead in the opening set before the Mavericks rallied and got within one, 17-16, after a Leah Petty kill. That would be the closest Mercy got as the Redhawks took set one, 25-21.

The Mavericks bounced back in set two by jumping out to a 5-1 lead, forcing a Roberts Wesleyan timeout. The Redhawks tied the set up at 22-22 but Mercy concluded the set with three of the next four points to take set two, 25-23.

Mercy would take set three, 25-18, to take a 2-1 lead in the match. The Mavericks built a 19-11 lead and did not look back in taking their first lead of the match.

The Mavericks looked to secure the match in four sets, but the Redhawks jumped out to an 11-7 lead, leading to a Mercy timeout. Out of the timeout, Mercy responded by taking the lead, 16-15, after a Roberts Wesleyan service error. The Redhawks ensued with a 10-2 run to close out the set and tie up the match at 2-2.

The fifth and deciding match was a back-and-forth affair with the Redhawks jumping out to a 13-9 lead. Roberts Wesleyan looked to be on the verge of stealing the match, but Mercy followed with a 5-1 run to tie the set up at 14-14. The teams traded points to make it 15-15 before a block from Danielle Sarasky and Brooke Runge along with a kill from Peyton Olson secured the win for the Mavericks.

Leading the way for the Mavericks was Olson who had a double-double with 23 kills and 16 digs, while Andrea Velasco also had a double-double with 13 kills and 25 digs. Runge had eight kills, 39 assists and eight digs.

Schedule for the Top-10 Moments of the 2016-17 Season

Every Wednesday for the next 10 weeks, the Mercy College Athletics Department will release the Top-10 moments one at a time beginning with the No. 10 moment on Wednesday, June 21. The No. 1 moment will be unveiled on Wednesday, August 23.


No. 1 – August 23

No. 2 – August 16

No. 3 – August 9

No. 4 – August 2

No. 5 – July 26

No. 6 – July 19

No. 7 – July 12

No. 8 – July 5

No. 9 – June 28

No. 10 – June 21