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NEW YORK – The Columbia volleyball team picked up its first win of the season by a 3-1 score over Fordham on day two of the Columbia Invitational before dropping the nightcap to Binghamton in a tightly contested five-set match.

The Lions are now 1-5 on the season with the conclusion of the Columbia Invitational. The two-day tournament featured seven standout players named to the Columbia Invitational All-Tournament team: Katty Workman, Kellie Barnum, Melissa McTighe (BC), Atlanta Moye-McLaren, Jennifer Petrovich (Columbia), Brennan Delsing (Fordham) and Megan Burgess (Binghamton).

Game 1 Recap:

 The Columbia volleyball team picked up its first win of the season with a 3-1 downing of Fordham on the second day of the Columbia Invitational Saturday afternoon in Levien Gym The Lions earned the victory by  scores of 18-25, 25-10, 25-14, 25-16.

Moye-McLaren led the way once again for Columbia with a 17-kill, 23-dig double-double performance. The outside hitter committed just two errors out of 26 attempts, swinging at a .417 percentage.

A trio of first-years also had a solid day for the Lions. Jennifer Petrovich recorded another double-double with 39 assists and 12 digs, while Cassie Wes bumped 13 digs and Zoe Jacobs added 13 kills.

Overall, Columbia held a 53 to 28 kill advantage, including a .267 hitting percentage, while Fordham (6-5) hit just .042.

After a back-and-forth start resulted in a 7-7 tie, Fordham took over control for the remainder of the first set, taking a 1-0 match advantage.

In the second set, the Lions trailed early on but took the lead with a 5-0 run to take over 9-6, prompting a Fordham timeout. The Rams squeezed out another point, but the Lions were on fire and embarked on a huge 10-0 surge for a lofty 19-7 lead.

A kill by Fordham’s Lindsay Ritchie ended the Columbia run, but the Rams could not keep up with hot-scoring Lions.

With the score knotted at 3-3 in the third set, Columbia rattled off eight unanswered points to take a commanding 11-3 lead and did not look back to easily grab the set victory.

The Lions stayed hot in the fourth set, taking the lead early on and holding on to post the win. On a 5-0 run, Jacobs smacked a kill to double up the Rams, 16-8, en route to the win.

Game 2 Recap:

The Lions fell by scores of 24-26, 26-28, 25-18, 25-19, 8-15 to the previously winless Binghamton Bearcats in the Columbia Invitational finale on Saturday night.

Columbia controlled early on in the first set, but Binghamton eventually knotted the score at 16-all before a Springer kill put the Lions back in front. The score was tied six more times and pushed into extra points before the Bearcats pulled out the win.

Binghamton jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the second set, forcing Columbia to call a timeout.

With the Bearcats ahead 11-4, Columbia took off on an 8-1 run to trim its deficit to one, 12-11. Continuing to outscore Binghamton, the Lions worked their way to tie things up at 15-all. This time, the score was tied on seven more occasions, all the way up 26-26, forcing extra points. Back-to-back Binghamton kills would be enough to edge Columbia for the victory.

The third set was close early on, but after an 11-11 tie, the Lions took control for good, leading by as much as eight en route to the win.

In it to win it, Columbia led for the majority of the fourth set, and did not trail after the score was even at 7-all. Five straight kills brought the Bearcats within one point, 20-19, but Columbia remained strong to complete the comeback and even the series.

Binghamton scored seven unanswered points to begin the deciding set which proved to be enough to take the game.

Columbia is back in action next weekend for the University of Virginia Tournament in Charlottesville, Va. The Lions will take on host Virginia, William & Mary and Seton Hall from September 20-21.


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