The Saint Peter’s volleyball team extended its losing streak to ten last night at the Yanitelli Recreation Center when it fell to the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers in three sets (27-25, 25-22, 25-17).
While still making adjustments as they ready themselves for the season’s first conference game this Saturday, the Peacocks played its second loss against the Terriers this month.
“It’s a learning process,” said head coach Amable Martinez. “Right now we are just trying to figure out what’s best for the team going forward.”
The Peacocks had a rough start with three lost points in the first set before gaining the lead, 4-3, under the serve of sophomore Danielle Lopez. The Peacocks went point for point throughout the rest of the set, but fell to the Terriers in a 27-25 finish.
The Peacocks and Terriers were evenly matched in the second set, with the Terriers jumping out to an early lead only for Saint Peter’s to tie it late at 19-19. Although, the Terriers came out victorious once again at 25-22. At the end of the second set, the Peacocks had accumulated nine kills of 37 attempts against the Terriers’ 16 of 33.
The third set began with the Terriers’ middle blocker sophomore Sidney Benson taking a bad fall off a block, injuring her ankle and resulting in her exit from the match. Although, this did not stop the Terriers from gaining an early lead and maintaining it throughout the set with a 25-17 finish.
Despite the loss, the Peacocks improved their team hitting percentage to .175 — a significant rise from their last game against Fordham (-.027). Leading the Saint Peter’s offensive was junior middle hitter Alexus Sharp with a total of 10 kills in her 15 attempts (.467%).
“I picked it up and did a lot better today than the past games,” said Sharp. “I just tried to stay positive and uplift the team.”
With seven new players and a new coaching staff, there are high hopes for the Peacocks to avoid reliving last year’s defeated season (0-25).
“We are working hard to figure out what’s going to be the best for the team. We are seeing some improvements already so hopefully we can roll that over into our conference games,” said Martinez.
The Peacocks will host their first conference game of the season this Saturday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m. against Niagara.