NEW ROCHELLE, NY - The Iona College volleyball came from 2-1 down in five-set thriller at the Hynes Center this afternoon. Rookie MB Katrina Warren posted a career-high 18 kills and junior libero Theresa Harvey recorded a career-best 42 digs for the Gaels in the win.
After jumping out to a 14-8 lead in the first set, the Gaels allowed the Broncs' back in the game as the visitors knotted the score at 21-21. Rider had set point at 24-22 but four straight points including two Warren kills gave Iona a 26-24 set win.
In set two, the Maroon & Gold led 11-4 but Rider came back again assisted by a 7-0 run that tied the game at 11. Trading leads until 16-16, Rider scored three straight to take the lead for good and held on for a 25-21 win.
Set three saw 11 tie scores and six lead changes as neither team could take control of the set until it was over. Iona held set point at 24-23, but three straight Broncs' points gave the visitors a 26-24 win.
It was the Gaels' turn for a come from behind set win in the fourth. Trailing 16-12, sophomore Ellen Carberry rattled off seven straight service points as an 8-0 run put Iona ahead 20-16 and gave the team a lead it would relinquish. During the run, two kills apiece from Warren and senior S Nicole Tamburri sparked the home crowd and the Gaels into an eventual 25-21 set win.
In the deciding frame, Rider was first to get to eight points but after the two teams switched sides, the Gaels rattled off four straight points and held a 10-8 advantage. The lead expanded to 13-9 and Iona held off a late Rider charge to win the match 15-13 in the fifth set.
Harvey's 42 digs was the second-highest total in school history and the highest since the 25-point set was instilled in 2008. Graduate Allison Nieters reached 43 digs on two occasions during her freshman campaign in 2007. Fellow Gael libero Chelsea White was the only other performer to reach 40 digs in Iona history posting 41 in the 2004 season.
Warren hit .289 in the match with her 18 kills on 45 attempts with five errors. She posted seven digs, five blocks and four assists in the win. Sophomore OH Alicja Pawelec had 16 kills and a career-high 16 digs for her team-best seventh double-double of the year. Sophomore OH Madisyn Spence also posted a double-double with 12 kills and 10 digs. Senior MB Molly O'Shea and sophomore RS Kelsey Hess posted eight kills apiece. Hess posted eight digs and two blocks while O'Shea recorded three blocks in the win.
Tamburri recorded 46 assists and a career-high seven kills to go along with eight digs and three blocks. Harvey's 42 digs were supported in the back row by freshman DS/OH Katie Marabella's season-high 13 digs and Carberry's 12, her fourth double-digit effort of the season.
Rookie S Caris Myles relieved Tamburri in the third set, recording eight assists and three digs. Rookie Taylor Cembalisty also saw action in set three with two kills and four digs.
The Gaels are back in action tomorrow when they host Loyola at 3:00 pm at the Hynes Center.