JERSEY CITY, NJ – For the second consecutive match, Alexus Sharp reached double-digit kills for the Saint Peter's women's volleyball team. Despite the effort from Sharp, the Peacocks fell, 3-0 (20-25, 21-25, 25-17) to undefeated MAAC leader, Fairfield University on Saturday afternoon at the Yanitelli Center.
"Today, we played our best overall game," said head coach Amable Martinez. "We played with high energy, we defended well, we served well, and we managed our offense by keeping the ball in play. It just happened to be against the top team in our conference."
Sharp tied her career-best, with 15 kills to lead the Peacocks. The contest was the second straight game in which Sharp reached the 15-kill mark. She also added three digs and two blocking assists. Imani Spicer handed out a team-high 25 assists, and defensive specialist, Karla Seda made 17 digs on the day.
Leading the Stags was All-Conference player, Megan Theiller, who recorded a double-double on 13 kills and 14 digs. Skylar Day matched Theiller with 13 kills additionally for the Stags.
The Peacocks started the first set with high intensity as they battled the undefeated Stags to an early tie at 7-7. The Peacocks scored three-straight points, taking a 10-7 lead over Fairfield. The Stags then came back to even the score at 10-10. The Peacocks kept the energy up as they went point for point, knotting the score twice at 13 and 14. An attack error on the Stags propelled a four-point run putting the Peacocks in the lead at 18-15. The Stags caught up to the Peacocks at 18-18 and ended up taking control of the lead by two at 20-18. The Peacocks were outscored 5-2, as Fairfield won the game 25-20 to close the set.
In the second set, the Peacocks jumped out to a 4-2 lead after a kill by Caitlinn Williams. The Peacocks would outscore Fairfield 4-2 again, leading to an 8-4 lead, charged by two Fairfield attack errors. Saint Peter's allowed Fairfield to get as close as one point, at 9-8, before ripping off to an 18-14 advantage. Fairfield slowly climbed back into the match, tying the score at 20-20, before a Peacock timeout. Out of the break, Fairfield scored the matches next four points, and final five out of six to steal the set, 25-21 from the Peacocks.
Fairfield took control of the third and final set, as the Peacocks only lead came at 2-1. The Peacocks fell behind by seven, at 14-7, 18-11, and 20-13, before Fairfield took the set at 25-17.
Saint Peter's closes out the home schedule tomorrow at 1pm, when the team welcomes Quinnipiac to Jersey City. Before the contest, the annual senior day ceremony will be held.