The Fairfield volleyball team extended its winning streak to seven games over the weekend, defeating conference rivals St. Peter’s and Manhattan at Alumni Hall.

In the first game on Saturday, the Stags dominated St. Peter’s for most of the game, en route to a 3-0 victory over the Peacocks. With the score tied at nine apiece in the first set, Fairfield went on an 8-0 run, with Carsen Mata ’15 getting two service aces and a kill. The Stags would go on to win the set 25-18.

Aided by an 8-0 start, the Stags cruised to a 25-12 win in the second set. In the third, Brianna Dixion ’13 had seven of her 14 kills and scored 8 points for Fairfield, as they pulled away to win 25-18. The Stags are now 33-10 all-time against the Peacocks, the third-most victories against any opponent for the team.

Sunday afternoon’s game against Manhattan was not nearly as one-sided as the St. Peter’s match. Fairfield defeated the Jaspers 3-1 in a game that featured 37 tie scores and 20 lead changes.

The Stags found themselves trailing by five mid-way through the first set but battled back to take the lead, and the third kill of the game for Hayley Moyer ’14 gave the Stags the 27-25 win. Fairfield got out to a large lead in the second set, going up 17-10, but Manhattan rallied back and was within two points of capturing the set before Fairfield called timeout.
“I think sometimes they just get a little tight,” said Assistant Coach Sarah Grella about why they lost the lead so quickly. “I think they try to overcompensate sometimes, and they try to do more than they should.”

Coming out of the timeout, the Stags capitalized on some Manhattan mistakes, and Dixion tallied three more kills earning Fairfield the 30-28 victory in the set.

After dropping the third set 25-23, Fairfield was in danger of dropping another, as they were down 14-17 in the fourth. But Camille Coffey ’15 served six consecutive points, giving the momentum back to the Stags for good, winning the fourth and final set 25-19.

Senior Kara Reis led the team with 27 digs on Sunday. “I think the reason we came back and had such a good push at the end was because we can look to each other, and trust in each other that we’ll make those things happen,” said Reis.
Reis, who moved within 100 digs of the all-time Fairfield record over the weekend, was also glad to see the team work hard to win a match in which nothing came easy.

“I thought we may have struggled a little bit, every now and then. But I think that people picked up for the people that were struggling,” said Reis. “I think that we eventually worked really hard and it resulted in a win that was really good for us.”

Grella was pleased with the way that the team fought, even through some low points in the game. “We knew it was going to be a battle, we knew they weren’t going to back off,” she said. “I think we didn’t do the best job of remaining consistent throughout the whole match, but we pushed when we needed to, so I think that made the difference.”

“Our passing wasn’t great tonight, and that’s one of the things that’s usually right on, so we just have to go into practice and work on the things that weren’t so great today.”

One bright spot for the Stags was the play of Lindsay Weaver ’15. The sophomore had 19 kills over the weekend, including a 13 kill effort on Sunday, to go along with a career high seven blocks.

“I’ve been trying to come into every single practice playing 100 percent, I really struggled with that last year,” said Weaver. “I never really came into practice with the mindset ‘That’s how I need to play in a game’.”

“I think we’re a team that will come up from little lulls like the ones that we had today. It would be really nice to actually stomp on some teams, instead of having to … come back from such a [large] deficit.”

Junior Rachel Romansky recorded her fifth and sixth double-doubles of the season, totaling 91 assists and 29 digs for the weekend, including a season high 54 assists on Sunday.

Not only have the Stags won seven straight games, but most of those contests haven’t even been close. Four of those seven games have been shutouts for Fairfield, and the Stags have only dropped four total sets since the beginning of September.

The Stags remain undefeated at home this season at 3-0, and hold a tremendous home court advantage over the last couple of seasons. In the last six regular seasons, Fairfield is 56-7 in Alumni Hall, and it’s only more dominant against MAAC opponents. Since 2003, Fairfield is 64-5 against conference foes at home, and have lost back-to-back games at Alumni Hall only once during that span.

The Stags head out for a long road trip starting Wednesday, as they take on Siena in Loudonville. They will then play against Iona, Marist, Rider, and Loyola all on the road, before returning to Alumni Hall on Oct. 6 to take on Siena.

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