Gallaudet outlasts volleyball in five sets

Fabiola Melendez-Rivera (photo by Craig Chase, craigchasephotography.com)
Fabiola Melendez-Rivera (photo by Craig Chase, craigchasephotography.com)
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FREDERICK, Md. - The Hood College volleyball team took a one-set lead before Gallaudet captured sets four and five to escape with a 3-2 defeat of the Blazers. 

Set Scores

  • Gallaudet won 25-11, 24-26, 24-26, 25-23, 15-13. 

Inside the Box Score

How it Happened

  • Hood tied the first set with a four-point surge fueled by two kills by Tailyn Kite and one by Ray to tie the score at 8-8. It was all Gallaudet the rest of the way, as the Bison used five kills from Karita Lewis to spark a 17-3 run to close the set. 
  • The second set featured 24 ties and 11 lead changes among the 50 total points between the teams. Taylor Schaefer's kill that made it 7-5 was the only time either team led by more than a point before Emma Elizondo's set sealing kill that gave the Blazers the 26-24 win. 
  • Lewis had four kills and a block during an 8-1 run to start the third set before Hood came back. The Blazers rallied and tied the set at 10-10 on a kill by Melendez-Rivera and Kite served up an ace for an 11-10 lead, capping a 10-2 run for Hood. Gallaudet reclaimed the lead and eventually went ahead 23-20 before Melendez-Rivera had two aces in a 6-1 run that put Hood on top 2-1. 
  • Two more kills by Lewis during a five-point run for the Bison in the fourth set turned a 13-12 deficit into a 17-13 lead. Hood trailed 23-18 but received back-to-back kills by Kite during a game-tying run that made it 23-23. Two kills by Gallaudet halted the Blazers' momentum and knotted the match at 2-2. 
  • Hood built a 7-2 lead in the decisive set before committing four attack errors in a set-tying 6-1 run by Gallaudet. The Bison took the match by scoring the final three points after trailing 13-12. 

Notes

  • Karita Lewis was a force for Gallaudet with 25 kills, four aces and 16 digs. Demi Bingham dished out 56 assists, while Mia Upchurch added 30 digs. 

Up Next

Hood hosts Albright on October 23 at 7 p.m.