ST. LOUIS, Mo.-- The Fontbonne University women's volleyball team erased a two set deficit against Iowa Wesleyan on Wednesday night as they were able to close out its season with a five set (23-25, 20-25, 25-19, 25-15, 15-11) win.
The Griffins (11-19; 7-11 SLIAC), finished with 49 kills and a .149 hitting percentage. The team also got it done on the defensive side of the net with 88 digs and 14 block assists.
Kristina Eason earned another double-double with 14 kills and 13 digs. Oliva Tallo also notched a double-double of her own with 12 kills and 11 digs.
Iowa Wesleyan (3-25; 2-16 SLIAC), closed out with 45 kills but its 29 errors lowered its hitting percentage to .093.
Lida Landre hammered home a team-high 13 kills, while setter Ariel Smale handed out a match-high 39 assists. Defensively, the Tigers totaled 95 digs and Jenna Murphy paced them with 23.
In the first set, the Tigers opened with a 10-7 lead on Allegra Collette's kill. The team maintained that lead at 15-11, until Fontbonne answered with a 4-0 run, capped off by a Tigers attack error which tied it 15-15.
IWU eventually got the lead back at 20-16 on Sydney Ellsworth's kill, however, the Griffins responded with a 6-0 run to take a 21-20 lead and that forced the Tigers to take a timeout.
Out of the break, the two teams went point-for-point but IWU led 24-22 on an Ellsworth service ace. Eason tried to bring FBU back in it with a kill, but Collette's kill secured the 25-23 win.
After both teams met-up at 8-8 in the second, Iowa Wesleyan went on a 6-0 run to gain some breathing room at 14-8.
Fontbonne tried to get back in it at 18-16 on an IWU ball handling error. However, the Tigers closed out the set on a 7-4 run to win the second 25-20.
In the third and needing a win to force a fourth, the Griffins rolled out to a 13-9 lead on Megan McKenzie's kill. Fontbonne stayed in control by expanding its lead out to 21-14 on a block assist from McKenzie and Victoria Curtice.
Iowa Wesleyan cut the lead down to 22-18 on a service ace from Gabby Smith but Fontbonne kept the match going by winning 25-19 on Tallo's kill.
The momentum FBU gained in the third carried over into the fourth after taking an 11-6 lead on Claire Sease's service ace.
They continued its dominance from there at 18-9 on Emma Seiz's kill. The Tigers tried a late rally to make it 20-15, but the Griffins knew the set was there', by finishing out on a 5-0 run to force a fifth and final set.
In the race to the eighth point before the two teams switch sides, the Tigers got there first at 8-6 on Landre's kill. FBU bounced back and took a 10-9 lead on Schaller's service ace.
The Tigers tied it on the next possession but that'd be as close as they'd get with the home team ending the match on a 5-1 run, completing the comeback and securing the 15-11 win.
The Griffins close out its 2017 season 11-19 overall and 7-11 in conference play.
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