Nov. 21, 2008

Courtesy of Dowling Athletics

West Haven, Conn. -The 25-20, 25-20, 25-23 victory was the sixth straight for the 34-6 Golden Lions and lifted Dowling into the NCAA Regional Tournament Finals for the fifth straight year. Coach Alex Koszalka’s team will take on the winner of the game between host New Haven Chargers and Georgian Court Lions Saturday at 7 pm, with the winner advancing to NCAA National Championship.

Both teams went back and forth in the opening stanza until three serving aces from junior outside hitter Patrycja Klekotka put the Golden Lions in the lead at 8-4. From there on DC would cruise to victory, eventually winning the first set 25-20.

Kelly Scott carried the Golden Lions in the first set, registering six kills and just one error in 11 attempts for a .455 hitting percentage. Sophomore Monika Kasperek, Juniors Marina Markovic and Patrycja Klekotka each contributed with three kills. Sophomore setter Erin Przybylowicz and Freshman ECC Player and Rookie of the Year Maja Potpara pitched in with six assists apiece.

DC carried their momentum over into the second set, racing out to a 4-1 lead. Bridgeport would rally and get Dowling within striking distance at 19-17 causing the Golden Lions to burn their first time out, but from there on it was all DC, with the Golden Lions finishing the set on a 6-3 run. DC was led by Kasperek with four kills no errors on five attempts for a .800 hitting percentage. Markovic, Klekotka and Jessica Van Wieren added three kills each.

The Golden Lions seemed to leave little doubt in the third set, hitting on all cylinders to lead 6-1 early in the game, although the Purple Knights came back to take the lead for the first time in the match 22-20. Dowling was able to hit back and win the last game 25-23. DC hit .341 as a team in the third set, led by Kasperek once again with five kills, while Markovic chipped in with four kills. Bridgeport was held to a .200 attack percentage.

For the match, DC out-hit BU .230 to .138. Dowling tallied 17 more kills, fourteen more assists, six more aces and 27 more total points than the Purple Knights.

Kasperek rose to the occasion, slamming 12 kills, hitting at .391 and totaling two blocks. Markovic followed with ten kills. Scott posted nine kills and three blocks. Libero Jessica Gall and outside hitter Patrycja Klekotka had 14 and 12 digs, respectively.