Lindstrom and Brandt’s Nine Kills Each Not Enough in Loss to Bentley

Ingrid Lindstrom (Photo Courtesy of Matthew Cerullo)
Ingrid Lindstrom (Photo Courtesy of Matthew Cerullo)

WALTHAM, Mass. (October 8, 2019) – Franklin Pierce University volleyball freshman middle hitter Ingrid Lindstrom (Dudley, Mass.) and freshman outside hitter Tessa Brandt (Foster, R.I.) produced a team-high nine kills as the Ravens dropped a Northeast-10 Conference contest to Bentley University 3-0 (16-25, 20-25, 12-25) Tuesday evening at the Dana Center. The win, the 10th in a row for the Falcons moves them to 14-4, 4-0 NE10 and the loss evens up the crimson and grey's mark at 7-7 overall (1-2 NE10).

Bentley could not contain Lindstrom in their second meeting this year. Earlier in the Falcons 3-0 sweep of the Ravens, Lindstrom chipped in only two kills off 10 attack attempts (.100%) with three blocks. This time around she was more efficient with nine kills off 16 total attacks (.375%) Brandt matched her with nine kills and manufactured four digs on defense.

Kirsten Segaline carried the Falcons to victory with a game-high 13 kills, six digs on defense and a .357 hitting percentage. Rachel Bruno joined her teammate in double-figures with 11 kills while hitting a robust .526. She also added two blocks for good measure. Setter Xio Lopp produced 41 assists and 10 digs on the defensive side.

In the first set, the Falcons held a 7-3 edge off a Bruno kill. Down by eight, the Ravens recorded three straight points to pull within five, 14-9 thanks to a Lindstrom kill. Bentley kept the five-point margin and doubled it off a run of five consecutive markers to lead 22-12. Pierce would not back down as they dropped the deficit to eight, 24-16 before Murphy clinched the set.

Raven freshman right side hitter Mariah Robles (West Covina, Calif.) started the second set with a kill on the right pin. Bentley tied the score 2-2 before Lindstrom attacked at the right pin putting Pierce ahead 3-2. A 6-1 Falcon spurt stopped by a service error made the score 8-5 in favor of the home team. Four straight by Bentley including a Bruno ace put the margin to 12-5. Three miscues for Bentley over their next four serves brought the Raven deficit down to five 13-8.

With the Falcons in front 16-10, back-to-back kills by Brandt at the left pin and senior middle hitter Abigail Garnhart (Colorado Springs, Colo.) in the middle combined with a Bentley attack error dropped the margin to three, 16-13. Bentley immediately got those three points back to re-establish a six-point lead. Pierce eventually brought the score down to four, 22-18. A couple of serves later, Brandt made it a three-point game, however, Bentley notched the final two points to lead 2-0 in the match.

The Falcons jumped out to a 6-1 advantage early. Trailing by six, 9-3, the Ravens pulled within four, 9-5 off a Brandt kill and an attack error. The hosts would go on to outscore Pierce 16-7 over the rest of the third set.

The Ravens remain on the road Saturday when they return to the Bay State for a showdown at conference opponent Stonehill College set for 1:00 p.m.

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