Aug 31, 2013
CHICAGO - Providence College volleyball played its second game at the DePaul Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The Friars battled hard with the Cowgirls but lost the match in four sets (25-17, 13-25, 14-25, 23-25).
The Friars took the first set 25-17 behind freshman Kayla Fitzgerald (Redlands, Calif.), who registered two aces and three kills. Sophomore Jordan Wiesler (Coconut Creek, Fla.) led to PC's 14 kills, recording 13 assists.
McNeese retaliated in the second set, using an 11-0 start to finish out the set, 25-13. However, the Cowgirls narrowly edged Providence with kills, recording eight to PC's seven. The visiting team also used five blocks to help take the set.
The Cowgirls had an eight point swing to take control the third set early on, 16-2. Providence came back scoring 11 of 16 to pull within nine of McNeese, but the Cowgirls went on to win 25-14.
In the fourth match, the two teams traded points early on, until Providence pulled ahead to take an 18-9 lead. Six straight points were then scored by McNeese (18-15) and both teams soon were deadlocked at 20. A service error on McNeese and a kill by junior Colleen McCollom (Indian Head Park, Ill.) were the last points the Friars would score before falling to McNeese, 25-23.
Juniors McCollom, Annie Russian (Round Rock, Texas) and Mackenzie Ziegler (Portage, Wis.) led PC in kills with eight each. Wiesler tallied 33 assists while freshman Michelle Cruz (Midland Park, N.J.) led the team in digs (15) for the second straight match.
McNeese was powered by 18 kills from Sophie Tenbusch and 16 kills from Malina Sanchez. Kaylen Wolfe added 20 digs for the Cowgirls.
The Friars play their final game in the DePaul Invitational tonight at 5:30 p.m. ET against Chicago State.