NEW ROCHELLE, NY - The Iona College volleyball hosted its first non-conference home game since 2008, and did not leave the home crowding disappointed, claiming a four set victory over NJIT Wednesday evening at the Hynes Athletic Center. After dropping the first set 26-24, the Gaels took the next three sets by scores of 25-18, 25-15 and 25-20.
Sophomore Catrina Warren led the Gaels, falling just short of a triple-double, with 17 kills, nine digs and eight blocks. FreshmanKaty Crouse had eight kills to go along with 18 digs, one of five Gaels with double digit digs. Sophomore Caris Myles had a double-double on 43 assists and 11 digs.
Senior libero Theresa Harvey had 27 digs to lead the Gaels defensively.
In set one, the Gaels had set point, 24-23, following a block by Warren and Myles. The Highlanders responded by taking the final three points, securing the set on an Iona error.
In the second set, with the Gaels down one, 12-11, junior Ellen Carberry served the Gaels to three straight points to go ahead 14-12. It was a lead they would not give up, as Iona scored 11 of the next 17 points to take the set 25-18.
The Gaels cruised to a ten point win in the third, scoring the first three points and never trailing in the set. NJIT got its closest at 5-4 before the Gaels would trump any chance at a comeback, scoring the next three points and heading to the double digit set victory.
Iona clinched the match with another strong set in the fourth. The Gaels trailed early, 4-2, before knotting the score on kills by junior Madisyn Spence and Crouse. The teams traded the next four points, before Iona scored the next two on another kill by Crouse and an NJIT error, to move ahead 8-6 and never trailed again.
The Gaels return to action this weekend at the Rutgers Tournament in Piscataway, NJ, opening up with a matchup with the host Scarlet Knights Friday at 10:00 am.