SWARTHMORE, Pa. - The Dickinson volleyball team suffered two setbacks on Saturday afternoon falling in straight sets to the host Swarthmore in a big Centennial Conference clash, before dropping a four-setter against Stockton in non-conference action.
Match One - Garnet 3, Red Devils 0 (25-11, 25-22, 25-22)
Swarthmore began the match strong taking a 10-2 lead with Elise Butler supplying the only DC kill. Three straight points by Emma Lange along with scores for Grace Coccagna, Christina Chu, and Hanna Riley brought the Devils within 14-9. Unfortunately, the rest of the frame belonged to the Garnet as they outpaced the visitors 11-2 for the 25-11 win.
Jordan Schucker, Jenna Schumann, Lange, and Riley got Dickinson off to a 10-5 edge to begin the second. Swat responded with a 13-4 charge thanks to kills by Lucy Fetterman, Grace Hegland, Erin Kaye, Chloe Mayhue, and Kaylee Zhang to take an 18-14 advantage. Alexa Barowski, Morgan Biggs, Chu, Lange, and Schumann kept the Devils alive as they cut the deficit all the way down to 23-22. However, Sierra Tyson and Kaye recorded back-to-back kills to cap off the set 25-22.
There would be seven ties within the first 16 points of the third as an error by Mayhue made it 8-8. Riley would then post the lone DC kill during a 4-1 Garnet run to grab a 12-9 edge. Dickinson answered back with a 7-1 push thanks to scores by Willow Palmer, Mathilde Verbitsky, Lange, and Riley gave the Devils a 16-13 lead. The two sides exchanged the next six points with Schumann picking up three kills for DC to maintain a three-point cushion 19-16. Fetterman then put down five kills for the Garnet during an 8-1 charge to setup match point at 24-20. Lange had consecutive kills to make it 24-22, but Mayhue put away the final point of the match.
Match Two - Ospreys 3, Red Devils 1 (25-21, 10-25, 25-17, 26-24)
Dickinson would get kills from Lange and Riley early in the first but found themselves trailing 15-5. That sparked the Devils though as Barowski, Biggs, Lange, and Schumann went on a 12-3 rampage to pull within 18-17. Kills by Lange and Riley finally brought DC level at 20-20. Unfortunately, five of the last six points went to Stockton as a miscue from Biggs gave the Ospreys the 25-21 win.
The script was flipped in the second with Barowski, Biggs, Lange, and Riley putting away kills to take a 17-4 lead. Kills for Charlotte Leon and Aubrey Rentzel closed the gap to 21-10, before Biggs along with Riley capped off a dominating 25-10 set win.
Stockton jumped out to a 10-4 advantage to start the third with Devils points coming from Lange and Schumann. The next four points belonged to DC with Barowski and Riley getting kills to make it 10-8. Dickinson continued to chip away with kills from Barowski, Lange, and Schumann trimming the margin all the way down to 16-15. Coccagna would notch the final Devil kill of the set as Stockton closed on a 9-2 run with Emma Capriglione finishing off the 25-17 victory.
Dickinson appeared to be primed to head to a decisive fifth set as Emma Popham, Barowski, Biggs, Lange, and Schumann got the Devils out to a 12-5 lead. Jaylah Rolle, Teleyah Witherspoon, and Rentzel brought the Ospreys within 13-10 before consecutive Riley kills stretched the margin back to six (16-10). A 9-4 Stockton push made it 20-19 DC before Lange and Schumann extended the gap to 23-19. From that moment on it was all Stockton as Grace Brandt, Caity Ullmer, and Witherspoon went on a 5-0 run to set up match point at 24-23. A Barowski kill made it 24-24, but two straight scores by Capriglione ended the set and match 26-24.
Next on the Court
The Devils head to Penn State-Harrisburg on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. for a non-conference match.