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RedHawks snap three game winning streak with loss to Mercy

By Zachary Harnischfeger

ROCHESTER, NY-- The Roberts Wesleyan RedHawks women's volleyball team were looking to extend their winning streak. After a victory in the first set it looked as if that might happen, but the Mercy College Mavericks offense was too much and took the victory 3-1.

The RedHawks dominated the first set defeating Mercy 25-16. Celine Malosa got the RedHawks on the board first with one of her team leading eight kills on the day. The RedHawks had a total of 15 blocks on the day that helped lead them to the victory in set one.

It was all Mercy the rest of the way, defeating the RedHawks 25-19 in set two, 25-21 in set three and 25-21 in set four. Mercy's Larissa Schneid led the way for the offense accounting for a team high 21 kills. RedHawks head coach Andy Braun was happy with how his team competed.

"I like the fact that we fought. We played one of the top teams in our league and we definitely didn't go down easy, so I was happy with the girls' effort today," Braun said.

The Mavericks jumped out to a 5-0 lead in set two and never looked back. Most of the points came by way of attack errors by the RedHawks.

The third set was a back-and-forth battle. The RedHawks jumped out to an 8-3 lead, which included two aces by Teagan Weber. Halfway through the set, the Mavericks went on a six point run and took a 17-14 lead. An Anyelainy Vizcaino kill won the close set for the Mavericks 25-21.

Mercy got off to a seven point run due to four attack errors by the RedHawks and held on to beat Roberts Wesleyan 25-21 in the fourth and final set.

Teagan Weber came into the match third in the conference with 4.08 digs per set and third in total digs with 155. She recorded 13 digs in the match on Sunday. Reading hitters makes Weber successful in getting digs.

Teagan Weber passing to one of her teammates. Photo/Adrian Kraus

"There outside was very effective and so was there right side so making sure I am in the right spot and outside of the block and just reading the hitter was why I was able to have success," Weber said.

Weber's teammate Caleigh Schroeder had 29 assists in the match, which led the team. Schroeder has 377 total assists on the season and was named ECC setter of the week after totaling 95 assists in two matches last weekend. Schroeder is excited to see her hard work paying off.

"It was a really big honor, I worked really hard this summer and in practice so it's nice to see some reward for all the hard work I have been doing, but I couldn't have done it without credit to my passers and offense... it was really a team effort and they all pushed me to do the best of my ability," Schroeder said.

Roberts Wesleyan travels to Amherst, NY for an ECC conference match against Daemen University on Wednesday night at 6.

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