Late run in the third not enough as Griffins fall to Panthers

Late run in the third not enough as Griffins fall to Panthers

St. Louis, Mo. - Women's volleyball was knocked off by top conference competitor Greenville College in three sets tonight (16-25, 19-25, 22-25). The loss lowers the Griffins to 5-9 in conference while Greenville advances to 12-2.

First set action was all Greenville as the Griffins finally reached double digits as the Panthers led 16-10. In the second set, Fontbonne yielded a four point run while senior Holly Richter served to pull within two (17-15) but the Griffins couldn't get any closer.

In the third set, play was much more even. Fontbonne led 7-6 when Greenville went on an 8-2 run, but the Griffins didn't give up. After a timeout, Fontbonne scored 13 points to Greenville's two to lead 22-16 before the Panthers finished out the set with nine consecutive points and the win.

Blocking was huge in the third set for both teams as Fontbonne totaled five and Greenville four. The Panthers also recorded four in the second set. Fontbonne's Richter and Megan McKenzie and Greenville's Brittni Bell and Savannah Sells each teamed up for three blocks in the fourth set for their respective teams with Richter and Sells notching one solo block each.

Greenville's Allyson Mitchell led all players with 13 kills while Brittni Bell hit .667 in the match.

McKenzie recorded nine kills and hit .350, mostly from the right side, to lead the Griffin offense. Richter was three of five attempts in the middle with zero errors. Libero Mariana Rogers tallied 17 digs in the loss.

Fontbonne has a week off before the host Webster University at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26th.