2017 Volleyball
Record: 16-7 Home: 10-1 Away: 4-5 Neutral: 2-1 AAC: 11-4
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Sophomore setter Julia Felix (#17) and senior libero Gabriana Nichols (#10)
Volleyball - Sat, Aug. 26, 2017

WEST POINT, Ga. – Point University (4-1) extended its winning streak to four consecutive matches with a 3-0 victory over William Carey University (3-2), from Mississippi and a 3-2 victory in an early evening match against Faulkner University (3-3), in Friday, August 25 collegiate women's volleyball action at the Life University Invitational in Marietta, Ga.  The Skyhawks swept William Carey, 25-17, 25-21 and 25-20, and came back from two sets down to defeat Faulkner, 3-2, by scores of 23-25, 18-25, 25-22, 25-19 and 15-12.


POINT VS. WILLIAM CAREY: Point never trailed in set one against WCU and took a 19-14 lead late in the set.  WCU trimmed Point's lead to 19-17, but the Skyhawks scored the last six points of the set and won 25-17.  Early in set two, Point trailed briefly by two points, but rallied from a 9-8 deficit to lead 14-9, its widest advantage of the set.  William Carey cut the lead to 14-12, but Point fought back to lead 21-17 and 23-19 before finishing a 25-21 win.


Set three also went to the Skyhawks, 25-20.  After WCU led 5-3, Point scored five consecutive points and led 8-5, and put together 3 three-point runs and outscored WCU, 9-3, and grabbed an 18-9 advantage.  Point also led 19-10 and 20-12 before William Carey sliced the lead to 20-15 and later to 23-20 before a pair of kills nailed down the final two points.


Point finished its sweep with 46 kills and just 18 attack errors in 115 total attack attempts (.243) while also racking up 42 set assists, three service aces, 52 digs, and three total blocks.  William Carey totaled 35 kills with 20 errors in 119 attack attempts (.126), 26 assists, 44 digs and five total blocks.  Point's service defense successfully passed 57 opponent serves with no errors.


In her first action in a Point uniform, senior right-side hitter Suheily Colon-Rodriguez (Carolina, Puerto Rico), totaled 14 kills with just one error in 23 attacks (.565) , one assisted block and three digs, and junior middle hitter Tatiana Dale (Kenner, La.) killed 11 balls, one solo block and one assisted block.  Sophomore right-side hitter Charlotte Havrisik (Riverside, CA) added six kills and three digs, and freshman outside hitter Te'a Owens (Rossville, GA) added four kills, three service aces and four digs.  Junior outside hitter Jordan Bemis (Middleburg, Fla.) added seven kills and two digs.


Point's tandem of setters, freshman Kaitlyn Hawke (Highland, Mich.) and sophomore setter Julia Felix (New Orleans, LA) set 20 and 19 assists respectively.  Hawke also recorded six digs, and Felix had four.  Defensively, senior libero Gabriana Nichols (Pecos, TX) led the Skyhawks with 18 digs and went 21-for-21 in service receptions and senior Cameron Roby (Warner Robins, GA) contributed 10 digs and went 10-for-10 in service receptions.


POINT VS. FAULKNER:  Point lost set one to Faulkner, 25-23, after leading 10-5 early.  Point led 21-18 just before the Eagles scored three consecutive points, and Point led 23-22 just before Faulkner scored the final three points on a pair of kills and a Point attack error.  Faulkner maintained momentum and scored the first 11 points of set two with two service aces, three kills and six Point attack errors accounting for the advantage.


Faulkner later led 16-4, but Point fought back and sliced the Eagles' lead from 19-9 to 21-15 and later, 23-18, but again Faulkner killed the final two points and led two sets to none.


Both schools gained three-point leads during set three, but never led by more.  Point led 20-17 and 23-20 later in the set, and Faulkner cut its deficit to 23-22.  The Skyhawks killed points 24 and 25 and won set three, 25-22, and trimmed Faulkner's set lead to 2-1.  Point also won set four, 25-19, after leading 7-2 early and 15-7, its widest advantage of the set.  The Skyhawks maintained at least a three-point lead the rest of the set and built its lead to six with the last point of the set.


Facing a decisive set five, Faulkner scored the first three points of the set and gained its biggest lead of the set.  Point later built its lead to four points, 14-10, and after Faulkner scored twice to cut Point's lead to 14-12, the Eagles committed a service error, giving Point set and match point.


Point finished its five-set victory with a season-high 69 kills with 39 attack errors in 218 total attack attempts (.138) and set a season-high 64 assists, served two aces, dug up a season-high 113 opponent attacks, and posted 10 total blocks.  Faulkner totaled 52 kills with 26 errors in 198 attack attempts (.131), 49 assists, seven service aces, 91 digs and 17 total blocks.

Middle hitter Tatiana Dale led Point's offense with a season-high 18 kills and also had 10 digs and four total blocks.  Outside hitter Jordan Bemis added 13 kills with four errors in 32 attacks (.281) and contributed four digs, four assisted blocks and committed no service reception errors in 13 chances.  Right-side hitter Suheily Colon-Rodriguez totaled 12 kills with four errors in 26 attacks (.308), six digs and six assisted blocks and three digs, and right-side hitter Charlotte Havrisik added nine kills, three digs and four assisted blocks.  Outside hitter Te'a Owens added seven kills and six digs.


Freshman setter Kaitlyn Hawke totaled 32 assists and nine digs, and sophomore setter Julia Felix set 29 assists, served one ace and had 13 digs.  Defensively, senior libero Gabriana Nichols led the Skyhawks with 30 digs and went 25-for-26 in service receptions, and senior Cameron Roby (Warner Robins, GA) contributed 20 digs and went 22-for-25 in service receptions.


NEXT MATCH: The Skyhawks, coached by Amanda Jones, plays twice more at the Life University Invitational in Marietta, Ga., Saturday, Aug. 26.  Point meets University of Mobile (Ala.) at 9 a.m. and host Life University at 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 26.