POTSDAM, N.Y. -- New York University advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship with a 3-0 win against Nazareth on Friday at Clarkson University.
NYU (28-7) started the match strong by grabbing a 5-0 lead and never trailed en route to a 25-15 first-set win.
The Violets again took a 5-0 lead in the second set, but this time they could not maintain it as the Golden Flyers (29-9) eventually took their first lead of the match. Nazareth was ahead 19-18, but the Violets scored six consecutive points and won the set 25-20.
In the final set, the Violets experienced their biggest deficit of the match, 16-12. However, after a timeout, NYU scored the next seven points. After Nazareth recaptured a 20-19 lead, the Violets scored the next four points and clinched the win when the Golden Flyers hit game point into the net. Final set: 25-21.
"I think it helped that we had played Nazareth earlier in the season," head coach Jolie Ward said. "We didn't play well that day even though we won in five sets. We knew we had to play better [Friday night] … and we did."
Allie Williams recorded a match-high 11 kills for NYU.
Two Violets had double-digit assists: Emily Moore (match-high 21) and Katie Robinson (15). Moore also had three service aces and nine digs.
Sonya Bray had eight kills without an error and recorded a .615 attack percentage.
Cassidy Jourdan (11) and Alexandria Mao (10) totaled double-digit digs.
NYU finished with a .236 hitting percentage, while Nazareth finished at .080.
"Our team was psyched about playing in the national tournament," Ward said. "The way we played [Friday night] showed that we really wanted to be here and really deserved to be here."