Olson Finishes With 32 Kills and Heffernan Adds 47 Digs as Volleyball Battles Georgian Court and Nyack

Olson Finishes With 32 Kills and Heffernan Adds 47 Digs as Volleyball Battles Georgian Court and Nyack

NYACK, N.Y. (Sept. 24, 2016) – Despite 32 kills on the day from sophomore Peyton Olson (Albany, Ore./West Albany) and 47 digs from sophomore Brianna Heffernan (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip), the Mercy College volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (17-25, 22-25, 12-25) decision to Georgian Court University before dropping a hard-fought 3-2 (25-22, 25-17, 24-26, 16-25, 10-15) battle against host Nyack College on Saturday afternoon at Bowman Gym.

The Mavericks (0-5) remain winless on the season, while the Lions (5-10) beat the Warriors (4-9) in four sets in the first match of the day.

Olson also added 16 digs on the day, while senior Andrea Velasco (Whittier, Calif./Rio Hondo College) added 19 kills and 26 digs. Sophomore Brooke Runge (Closter, N.J./Northern Valley Demarest) chipped in 54 assists and 20 digs and sophomore Toni Parente (East Patchogue, N.Y./Bellport) netted 16 digs.

Georgian Court was led by Peggy Rosario who had 13 kills and 19 digs.

Nyack was guided by Lindsay Miller who had 13 kills and nine digs.

Georgian Court 3, Mercy 0

The first match of the day for the Mavericks saw the Lions take the first set, 25-17, after hitting .323 during the set with 11 kills. Mercy finished the opening frame with 14 kills, but could not overcome seven errors.

The second set saw the Mavericks battle Georgian Court closely, but the Lions would hold on for a 25-22 victory to take a 2-0 lead. The final set of the match saw Georgian Court cruise to a 25-12 set victory to take the match in straight sets. The Lions finished off the match hitting a match best .324 in the third stanza.

Olson led the Mavericks with a match high 14 kills, while adding six digs. Heffernan chipped in 18 digs and Velasco nearly recorded a double-double with eight kills and 11 digs. Runge helped orchestrate the offense with 20 assists and Parente contributed eight digs.

Mercy hit .074 in the match with 28 kills and 54 digs, while Georgian Court hit .239 with 38 kills and 60 digs.

Nyack 3, Mercy 2

In the match of the day, the Mavericks opened up the match by winning their first set of the season, 25-22, after slamming home 12 kills. Mercy would build their lead to 2-0 after taking the second set, 25-17, after finishing with nine kills in the set and limiting the Warriors to just a -.033 hitting percentage.

Nyack battled back in the third set, despite being on the verge of a straight-set loss, with a close, 26-24, set victory to make it 2-1 in favor of the Mavericks. The Warriors managed 12 kills in the frame and hit .103 in the set to stay alive.

Mercy once again looked to close out the match, but Nyack responded with a, 25-16, set win to force a deciding fifth set in front of the home crowd. The Warriors hit a match best .308 in the fourth set, which helped them even up the match at 2-2.

The fifth and final set saw the Mavericks battle, but it wasn't enough as the Nyack emerged victorious after taking the set, 15-10.

Olson recorded a season high 18 kills and 10 digs to record her first double-double of the season, while Velasco also notched a double-double with a season high 11 kills and 15 digs. Runge picked up her first double-double of the season with a season high 34 assists and 14 digs. Heffernan led the Mavericks defensively with a season high 29 digs along with four assists and sophomore Leah Petty (Philadelphia, Pa./Science Leadership Academy) contributed five kills.

The Mavericks hit .080 for the match with 44 kills, 83 digs and ten service aces, while the Warriors hit .121 with 51 kills and 95 digs.

Head Coach Georgia Efthalitsides and the Mavericks look to bounce back when they play at Queens in an ECC matchup on Tuesday, September 27th at 7 p.m.