NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, NY - The Iona College volleyball team dropped a three-set decision to Niagara in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action at the Gallagher Center. The Gaels (11-6, 5-2 MAAC) dropped a game behind the Purple Eagles (11-8, 6-1 MAAC) in a matchup of two of the conference's four first place teams.
Niagara took the match 25-22, 25-22 and 25-21. Senior S Alyssa Erickson recorded her team-leading seventh double-double of the year with 20 assists and 16 digs. The dig total matched her career-high set earlier this season at Army on Aug. 28. Senior MB Colleen Genett led Iona with eight kills. She added three blocks for a team-best 10.0 points. Freshman OH Alicja Pawelec posted seven kills while sophomore OH Theresa Harvey and senior MB Rachel Whitten had six a piece. Defensively, senior Allison Nieters recorded 12 digs in the loss.
The Purple Eagles were led by Kari Honomichi and Hanna Hedrick's 11 kills. Setter Michelle James had 33 assists and 10 digs while libero Sam Morgan posted 14 digs.
The Gaels continue action in Western NY when they take on Canisius on Sunday afternoon. The Gaels take on their third first place team in a row in the contest.