The Sarah Lawrence College women's volleyball program honored its lone senior, Isabel Pecora, prior to its matchup against St. Joseph's College of Long Island on Thursday night. The Gryphons battled back from a 2-1 set deficit, winning the match 3-2.
With the win, the Gryphons clinched playoff berth. SLC is set to face Farmingdale State on Tuesday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m.
The Gryphons jumped out a 10-5 lead in the first set. Four different SLC players had kills during the run. A 5-0 rally from SJLI evened the set at 10. Trailing 13-12, Sarah Lawrence strung together four consecutive points, two of which coming from Georgi Massey and Claire Mitchell kills. From there, SLC never trailed, using a 9-6 run to close out the set, taking it 25-19.
The largest advantage of the second set for St. Joe's was six when the Golden Eagles led 7-1. The Gryphons eventually clawed their way back, deadlocking the set at 17, then going up 19-18. Down 23-21, SJLI went on a 5-3 run, winning the set 26-24.
Set three saw a similar fate for the Gryphons. St. Joe's earned a 25-20 victory.
There was a lot riding on the line in the fourth set. The Gryphons were down 25-24. If they allowed another point, they would have lost the set and been eliminated from playoff contention. SLC did not fold. Two errors from SJLI gave SLC a 26- 25 lead. Davis Mathis ended the set with a kill, receiving the assist from Mia Rector, forcing a fifth and final set.
In the fifth set, the Golden Eagles built an 8-4 margin, forcing the Gryphons to battle from behind again. They did just that, stringing together four unanswered points, tying the set at eight. Davis Mathis had three of the team's final five kills. The match ended with three consecutive Sarah Lawrence points. SLC won 15-11