Wildcats Volleyball Posts 3-1 Win Over Fordham
DAVIDSON — A 9-1 run to close the first set against Fordham Friday night set the Davidson volleyball team on track to a 3-1 Atlantic 10 victory in Belk Arena.
Davidson rallied from a 24-18 deficit to win the first set 27-25 and went on to win the third 25-20 and the fourth 25-21 to pull to 2-2 in league play.
The Wildcats finished with 63 kills, as junior middle hitter Ellie Crosley led the way with 14, while hitting .444. Sophomore Annalyse Kitzberger added a career-high 13 kills, and sophomore Hattie Rodriguez finished with 12. Junior setter Sydney Champaigne had 51 assists.
“That was a great offensive output for us,” said Davidson coach Chris Willis. “Offensively, it was a very productive match. I think defensively, we need to be better at the net in blocking, and our defense picked up in the second half of the match. We need a better start in the match defensively.”
Willis praised senior Emily Kane for coming off the bench to provide a spark in the first set. And Kitzberger converted her first eight attacks into kills.
“Annalyse was a steadying force for us,” said Willis.
Davidson will conclude its stretch of 11 of 12 matches at home when it hosts Rhode Island Sunday at 1 p.m.
“I expect a fast start because we’re going to need it against a tough-serving Rhode Island team,” said Willis.