Lady Barons volleyball falls to Westminster in first match of day

Photo by Ben Rose-Fish

Shanice Kirabo
Staff Writer

The Lady Barons volleyball team faced defeat with a final score of 3-0 against the Westminster College Titans Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Finnegan Fieldhouse.

The Lady Barons came ready to face the Westminster Titans. The day started with prayer and an energetic chant in honor of the Holy Spirit.

The first set began with a streak of kills, one by freshman Brynn Jacobson and one by senior outside hitter Renee Antonelli. Sandwiched in between the two kills was a service ace by senior setter Emily Nutter.

The initial winning streak started with serves by Nutter but ended with a service error for the Lady Barons. Afterward, the two teams grappled with close scores until the Titans pulled ahead. The first set ended with a 25-14 win for the Titans.

For both teams, spiking was the offensive strategy. Ball after ball blazed to either side of the court and scored winning points for both teams.

The Lady Barons lost points due to overenthusiastic spikes and miscalculated shots that earned points for the Titans.

The Lady Barons’ fans continuously waved posters and cardboard head cutouts of the Lady Barons team members to show their support. One observer said he was responsible for “jinxing” the game because he called victory well into the second set when the Barons were ahead of the Titans.

Another streak of points scored by the Titans brought them ahead of the Lady Barons. Eventually, the set ended with a 25-16 win for the Titans.

The Titans dominated the third set, with the exception of some kills by Jacobson and senior middle hitter Caitlin O’Malley. The game ended with the third set’s 25-7 victory for the Titans.

The Lady Barons had an opportunity to polish their skills and review their mistakes in preparation for their next opponents, the Thiel College Tomcats Saturday at 3 p.m.