Nov. 12, 2009

Courtesy of Christopher Newport

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The CNU volleyball team rallied from a two sets to one deficit to score a fifth-set 15-13 victory and pull out a 3-2 NCAA first round win over Stevens Tech Thursday night.
 
The win puts CNU in the second round against the winner of the day's final match between host NYU and Polytechnic of Brooklyn.
 
CNU took the first set after breaking an 11-11 tie and went on to a 25-15 victory. But Stevens bounced back to win the next two sets, 25-20, 25-22.
 
After struggling through those two, CNU showed tremendous heart to win the fourth, 25-20.
 
In the deciding set the Captains grabbed a 4-1 lead, but saw the Ducks take an 8-6 margin. But CNU took the lead for good, 10-9, on an attack error by Stevens and drew out to a 14-11 lead.
 
The Ducks held off two match points, but freshman Cory Harris finished the match sending CNU into the second round.
 
Elder finished with 19 kills and Jansen had 16. Harris added nine, Bailey Jensen eight and Chelsea McClure seven. Abby Hogge had 21 digs, with Harris and McClure adding 12 each. Jessie Heavenrich had 50 assists, McClure six service aces and Ryann Lowery five.
 
The win gives CNU a school-record 34 wins and a 34-6 record.