(yumacs.com) Senior middle blocker Gavriela Colton led the Maccabees’ (1-6) attack with five kills, while senior setter Esther Alexander had a team-high 13 assists. Classmate Ilana Leggiere anchored the defense with seven digs.
In the opening set, the Maccabees scored four unanswered points to take an 11-8 advantage. The Lehman Lightning (1-10) countered with a 7-3 run to go up, 15-14. Back-to-back kills by Alexander propelled Yeshiva to a 17-15 advantage. The back-and-forth set would continue, as Lehman scored four straight points to regain the lead by two. Yeshiva would go on a run of its own, as a kill by both Colton and Leggiere contributed to a 4-0 Maccabees’ run to put YU up, 21-19. After Lehman tied it, Yeshiva scored three straight to go up, 24-21. However, the Lightning rallied for six straight points to earn the come-from-behind win in the first set, 26-24.
After Lehman won the second game, Yeshiva fell behind 21-13 in the third. The Maccabees would not go down without a fight as the Blue and White scored six unanswered points, capped off by a kill by senior outside hitter Batya Schreier, to pull to within two. The Lightning would respond by scoring four of the stanza’s last six points to clinch the set and pick up their first win of the year.
For the match, Leggiere slammed home four kills and scored two service aces. Alexander added six digs on defense, while senior outside hitter Emily Neckonoff recorded three kills and six digs. Junior middle blocker Abigail Epstein produced two kills and a block assist, while Schreier added two digs and an ace. On defense, Colton added five digs and a block assist, while senior libero Dalia Sieger had six digs, and added a kill and an ace on offense.