Volleyball wins in home opener over Widener

By Brett Lockbaum
September 14, 2012

The women’s volleyball team had a similar opponent for their home opener on Thursday, Sept. 13. It was the second time this season the Lady Cavs faced Widener.

The Lady Cavs came away with the 3-1 victory in their home opener at the Nerney Field House.

“The keys to the game were to basically play our game and not get caught up in what Widener was doing,” sixth-year head coach Eric Schaefer said. “We knew our defense in the back was so good that if we got our blocking together, we could stop them.”

Wearing their new black uniforms, the Lady Cavs battled Widener in a hard-fought first set. After alternating points for most of the set, Cabrini pulled away at the end to win, 25-21.

For the match, the Lady Cavs were led by junior Michele Fitz, freshman Jen Grenauer and senior Meg Ryan. Fitz posted  11 kills and eight digs in the win. Grenauer led the team with 12 kills. Ryan also added 11 kills.

“It’s really important to win the first set,” junior Alaina Clark said. “It helps keep the momentum on our side for the rest of the game.”

The second set wasn’t any different from the first. Again both teams were going back and forth not allowing the other to pull away. But the Lady Cavs again pulled it out at the end in a 25-23 victory to go ahead 2-0.

After falling in the third set, 25-17, the Lady Cavs got out to a quick lead again in the fourth set, going up 4-0 and didn’t let up. The Lady Cavs finished off the match with a 25-18 win in the set.

“We came out with more motivation in the fourth set because we lost the third set,” sophomore Molly Fox said. “We came out stronger because we knew that they were a tough team, so I think we learned a lot and came out with more intensity this game.”

The Lady Cavs won their fourth straight match and improved their record to 6-4 after the win. They look to continue their recent surge when they face Bryn Mawr College on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.

Brett Lockbaum

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