Volleyball: Clan defeats SPU for first time
The Simon Fraser University Clan women’s volleyball team won their second five-set game in a row on Saturday, Sept. 27, this time over Seattle Pacific University’s Falcons.
It was their first victory over the Falcons in their 14-game history, and an exciting back and forth match.
"The match was a bit of a roller coaster, similar to Thursday's game," says head coach Gina Schmidt.
"But once again, the girls were able to execute the game plan when it counted."
The Clan got off to a quick start, taking the first set 25-13 and shocking the Falcon's home crowd with the opener.
But SPU bounced back in the second set, albeit a much tighter game, tying the score at one set each with a 25-22 victory.
The third set was a back-and-forth affair until the Falcons were able to break through to take a 20-15 lead and what looked to be a clear victory.
SFU was undeterred. Kelsey Robinson opened with a big kill to make it 20-16, and from there the Clan were able to mount a comeback, tying it at 21-21 moments later.
The two teams traded points until, at the 25-25 mark, Madison Power gave the Clan a one-point advantage, and on the following play an SPU attacking error gave the Clan a 28-26 win.
SPU came back in the fourth to force the fifth and final set, taking the penultimate game 25-19.
At the 8-8 mark in the final set, Madeline Hait and Mackenzie Dunham teamed up for four huge blocks, protecting the Clan side and giving them the momentum to finish the set strong.
SFU took the fifth 15-8, and the match 3-2.
With the win, the Clan move to 9-4 on the season and 3-2 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
The Clan will be back in action on Thursday, October 2, as they return home to host the Northwest Nazarene Crusaders. The game begins at 7 p.m. in the West Gym and admission is free for SFU students.