LAKEWOOD, N.J. (Sept. 9, 2017) – Despite a team-high 26 kills and 30 digs on the day from freshman Courtney Gebhardt (Bloomingburg, N.Y./Pine Bush), the Mercy College volleyball team dropped 3-1 decisions to Pace University (22-25, 25-18, 19-25, 21-25) and East Stroudsburg University (28-30, 17-25, 25-23, 20-25) on Saturday afternoon at the Georgian Court University Invitational.
The Mavericks (1-7) have dropped three matches in a row, while the Setters (1-6) earned their first win and the Warriors (4-2) stay over .500 on the year.
Pace 3, Mercy 1
The opening set of the first match of the day saw the Mavericks fall, 25-22, despite recording more kills and a higher hitting percentage in the frame.
Mercy regained their focus in the second set and hit a match-high .205 in the frame in earning a, 25-18, win to tie the match up at 1-1.
Pace battled back in the third set, winning the set, 25-19, after recording 16 kills and a .333 hitting percentage.
The Setters went on to earn the win in the fourth set, 25-21, to close out the match in four sets.
Gebhardt had 12 kills and 12 digs for another double-double, while senior Sa'Naya Johnson (Elizabeth, N.J./Elizabeth) slammed home 12 kills and had ten digs. Junior Brooke Runge (Closter, N.J./Northern Valley Demarest) had 37 assists and 11 digs and junior Neysha Gonzalez (Aguadilla, Puerto Rico/Monroe College) finished with 17 digs.
East Stroudsburg 3, Mercy 1
The final match of the day for the Mavericks saw Mercy and the Warriors go back-and-forth in the opening set with East Stroudsburg escaping with a, 30-28, win after hitting .372 in the set.
The second stanza saw the Warriors hit an impressive .394 on their way to a, 25-17, set two win.
Despite facing a 2-0 hole, the Mavericks continued to play hard and earned won, 25-23, in the third set to prolong the match.
Mercy looked to force a fifth set, but East Stroudsburg would seal the win after taking the fourth set, 25-20.
Gebhardt had 14 kills and 18 digs, while Runge had 41 assists and 14 digs. Freshman Nichole Rivera Maldonado (Bayamon, Puerto Rico/Academia Discipulos de Cristo) had 11 kills and junior Kaitlyn Partridge (Corona, Calif./Mt. San Antonio College) contributed nine kills.
At the conclusion of the day, Partridge was named to the All-Tournament Team after producing 26 kills, nine digs and four blocks in the four matches.
Head Coach Georgia Efthalitsides and the Mavericks resume action on Saturday, September 16th when they host Felician and Cheyney University at Westchester Community College at 11 a.m.