Explorers' Volleyball Forces Tiebreaker, But Drops Five-Set Thriller To Fairleigh Dickinson

PHILADELPHIA – The volleyball team rallied from a 2-0 set deficit to force a fifth against Fairleigh Dickinson, but fell in the tiebreaker, dropping the match 3-2 (20-25, 20-25, 25-22, 25-16, 15-11) on Wednesday evening at Tom Gola Arena.

Senior Kourtney Clark and juniors Kelly Scanlon and Samantha Tulskie each posted double-doubles on the evening.  Clark had 40 assists and 13 digs, Scanlon added 14 kills and 15 digs, while Tulskie had 13 kills and 13 digs.

Seniors Alex Kennedy and Jacquelyn Mitrovich each posted 10 kills, with attack percentages of .318 and .300, respectively.

In the thrilling final set, the Explorers worked back from a 7-0 deficit to tie the score at 9-all, aided by three Scanlon kills and one each by Tulskie and Mitrovich.

The teams traded points until two straight Knights’ kills put the visitors up 12-10.  After a Fairleigh Dickinson service error, the Explorers got within one, but wouldn’t add another point, falling 15-11.  

Losing the first two sets by identical scores of 25-20, La Salle used a 9-4 run to jump out to a 17-10 lead. 

Tulskie ended a long rally with a kill and put the Explorers in front 20-15.

The Knights would win the next four points to come within one at 20-19.  After a La Salle timeout, the two teams traded points until the Knights tied the contest at 22-all.

With the match on the line, Fairleigh Dickinson recorded three attack errors to give La Salle the 25-22 set victory.

In the fourth set, La Salle took an early 12-5 lead and dominated the rest of the way, winning 25-16 and forcing the fifth set.  The Explorers hit a season-high .379 as a team during the set.

For Fairleigh Dickinson, Meaghan Wheeler led with a match-high 28 kills.  Kelsey Semler added 20 digs, while Taylor Roland-Buohl posted a match-high 42 assists.

The Knights recorded their fourth consecutive match victory.

The Explorers will travel to Connecticut this weekend to play in the Quinnipiac/Hartford Invitational.  La Salle will face Delaware State and Quinnipiac on Friday and Navy and Hartford on Saturday.