O'Bryant Puts Down Match-High 17 Kills; Mordini Sparks Late Comebacks as Women's Volleyball Defeats Belmont Abbey 3-1
October 19, 2010
MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Pfeiffer University used a pair of late rallies in sets three and four to pull out a 3-1 (25-19, 20-25, 25-20, 25-23) victory over Belmont Abbey in Conference Carolinas women’s volleyball on Tuesday night inside the Merner Gym. The Lady Falcons improve to 7-12 overall, 7-5 in league play, winners of four-straight. The loss sends the Crusaders to 16-7, 9-4.
Both teams came out strong early in set one going back and forth until a Kim Amerell (Lynchburg, VA) ace put the Lady Falcons up for good in the opening contest. Moments later, Abbie Ovbey (Mt. Gilead, NC) would pick up one of her five kills in the set to push the advantage to three before three Crusader errors help spark a four-point run. Belmont Abbey got back in the set briefly on a five-point stretch thanks to three Lady Falcon errors and a kill Lydia Schellenberg (Jacksonville, FL), but Ovbey would later put the hosts up 1-0 in the match with two more kills over the final seven plays.
The Crusaders quickly evened the match at one apiece in set two grabbing an early lead and never looking back. Angela Jubb (Peachtree City, GA) put Belmont Abbey up 14-9 with one of her 11 kills on the night before Jordan O'Bryant (Reidsville, NC) tried to bring the Lady Falcons back with a kill at 16-13. Jubb and Schellenberg would each register a pair of late kills in the set as the Crusaders dealt the final blow on Bria James’ (Statesville, NC) fourth kill of the night.
Belmont Abbey looked to be on their way to a 2-1 match lead as Schellenberg put the visitors up four at 13-9, capping off a four-point streak. Another throw down by Jubb put the Crusaders up 18-13 which is where the Pfeiffer comeback began. After a kill by setter Colleen Wands (Apex, NC), reigning conference player of the week Kristina Mordini (Freeport, IL) would hold serve over the next eight plays forcing a pair of timeouts and turning around a five-point deficit into a four-point advantage. A couple of aces and kills by O’Bryant sparked the run which was finished off by three-straight kills courtesy of Amerell.
Down 15-10 in the fourth set, Mordini again would help start a comeback with the final of her three aces on the night, a combo block by Anna Vizvary (North Augusta, SC) and O’Bryant as O’Bryant later tossed down another kill bringing the Lady Falcons to within one. After a visitor’s timeout, a Pfeiffer miscue and kill from Victoria Jensen (Silver Spring, MD) put the Crusaders back up a pair. With Amerell serving, two more Belmont Abbey errors and service ace swung the two-point lead back to the hosts forcing the final Crusader timeout. Moments later, back-to-back kills from Jubb and Kay Schellenberg (Jacksonville, FL) cost Pfeiffer a timeout down by one. However, five Pfeiffer kills over the final seven plays completed the comeback in a 25-23 set win clinching the match. Mordini had two of the five kills while Ovbey, Vizvary and Amerell each had one.
O’Bryant led all competitors with a match-high 17 kills on the night for Pfeiffer, one of four Lady Falcons in double-digit kills. Amerell followed closely with 11 while Mordini and Ovbey each had 10. Lydia Schellenberg led the Crusaders with 13 kills while Jubb concluded with 11. Pfeiffer hit .234 in the match win out-digging Belmont Abbey 82-67.
Pfeiffer now has less than 24 hours to get ready for their next match which will be Wednesday night at home against Limestone. The Lady Falcons and Lady Saints will kick things off at 7:00 p.m.