JERSEY CITY, NJ - The Saint Peter's women's volleyball team dropped a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference contest to Iona, 3-0 (22-27, 17-25, 21-25) Wednesday night in the Yanitelli Center. Alexus Sharp, Kali Viles and Danielle Lopez combined for 18 points tallying six kills each.
"The game plan was to control the ball and play good defense," said head coach Amable Martinez. "The defense energy was great, we just need to build from that and carry that over to the weekend. We have to keep taking positive steps and good things will happen."
Viles led the Peacocks as she totaled nine points with six kills and four blocks. Sharp followed with six kills with a .286 hitting percentage, while Lopez added six kills and the team's high of nine digs. Carolina Ruiz led the team with 14 assists and eight digs and Yaidelis Lopez-Jimenez added five assists and eight digs.
Leaders for the Gaels were Claire Archibald with 14 kills. Tess Connolly followed with 11 kills and Jamie Smith added 14 assists and the team's high of 14 digs.
In the first set, the Peacocks and Gaels tied early at 4-4. Iona later went on a 10-2 run, leading the Peacocks 14-6. Saint Peter's fought to catch up to Iona eventually closing in on Gaels falling behind six points at 14-20. Then the Peacocks gained three points to trail, 17-20. Iona extended the score to 23-18, before the Peacocks scored two more points getting back within three points. The Peacocks and the Gaels added two more points, leading to the Gaels winning the set 25-22.
The Peacocks picked up the energy in set number two as they led the Gaels 6-3 in the early portion of the set. Iona eventually caught up to the Peacocks evening the score at 6-6 before taking the lead at 8-6. Saint Peter's was able to tie the score twice at eight and nine but ended up trailing by one point at 10-11. The Gaels then extended the lead over the Peacocks 18-10. The Peacocks were unable to cut the deficit as they trailed Iona 12-21. Saint Peter's added three points to their score, getting to six points behind the Gaels, but Iona held the Peacocks to two more points as they went on to win the set 25-17.
In the final set, the Peacocks started with intensity as they went point for point against the the Gales taking the lead at 11-7. Iona then added two points to trail Saint Peter's by two. Two errors on the Gaels and a service ace from Carolina Ruiz put the Peacocks in the lead 14-9. Iona was able to score the next five straight points to tie the game at 14-14. Then the Gaels went on to overtake the lead by three at 19-16. Saint Peter's kept the competition high and tied the game at 19-19, before the Gaels jumped back into the lead at 21-19. The Peacocks would again come back to trail by one point at 22-21. Iona then held the Peacocks to 21, winning the set 25-21.
Up next the Peacocks will travel to Connecticut to face the Fairfield Stags on Saturday, September 23 at 1pm.