The Notre Dame de Namur volleyball team was beaten in four sets Saturday by the Holy Names Hawks. The Argos out-hit the Hawks in the match but could not clean up key errors and suffered the loss.
NDNU lost the first set 25-23, pulling close in the end with a scoring run after trailing 16-20 early on. Paulina Akiona did not skip a beat after missing the Argo’s previous match and opened with six kills in the first set.
The Hawks matched the first set victory with another convincing second set win downing the Argos 25-19. The story was much of the same in the second, trailing big to start the set and using a scoring run to bring things close; only to fall short.
In the third set however, the Argonauts earned their second set victory in nine matches, winning 25-11. The huge set win was capped by strong play from Jennifer Jasper and Akiona who earned a season-high12 kills.
After the Argos dominated the third set, the fourth started tight with the game changing hands until a 12-12 tie. However, a 9-0 scoring run for the Hawks blew things open and proved to be too much for the Argonauts. Holy Names eventually won the set and the match 25-22.
The Argo’s had three players with double digit kills, led by Akiona’s 12. Japser and Kawai Robins-Hardy added 11 each, with Jasper tallying all 11 in the final two sets.
Katie Lopez led all attackers with 14 kills while Rachel Vartanian added 12 for the Hawks.