Volleyball Falls Just Short of A-10 Playoffs


Despite a strong finish, Fordham Volleyball didn’t make it to the A-10 Tournament. (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics)

Gigi Speer, Contributing Writer

The Fordham Rams ended their 2019–2020 season on an emphatic note, winning their last three games, each in five sets.

This ending is symbolic of their passion throughout their 12–14 season, which was filled with career-bests, five-set victories and energetic comebacks.

The Rams defeated #4 George Washington on Friday, Nov. 15, taking the fifth set 17–15. After the Colonials came out hot on their home court, the visiting squad won the first point of the second set and continued to drive forward with stellar offense and defense. Sophomore setter Makaela Tanaka hammered two aces, senior middle blocker Elise Benjamin racked up three kills and a block and senior outside hitter Kaitlin Morley notched four kills.

In the third, the Rams gave up the first point on a service error, and the Colonials capitalized on errors and fought with a strong offense of their own, finishing 25–18.

In the fourth set, the Rams won the first point and eventually won the set 25–23 to send the match to five.

Despite losing the first point in the fifth on a kill, the Rams held true to the talent and grit built up all season and rallied to keep the game even.

Redshirt junior Olivia Fairchild earned the first point for the Rams on her kill, then her second kill of the set made the score 3–2 before the Colonials evened it up on an attack error. Fairchild added two more kills throughout the set and was joined by Benjamin and junior McKenna Lahr in scoring.

Overall, Morley led the way with her 13 kills, freshman middle blocker Aria De La Rosa followed with 11 kills and six blocks and Fairchild with 10 blocks. Defensively, Morgan Williams continued an exceptional performance with 26 digs, and Tanaka and first-year Megan Brzozowski split setting duties, tallying 25 and 22 respectively.

On Saturday, the squad lost the first two sets, yet rallied to win the next three and finish their season on a high note.

Seniors Williams, Benjamin, Morley and Fairchild all ended their careers in a positive way as well. Williams finished as an all-time great with the most career digs in history. Morley finished 10th overall in kills per set, Benjamin fifth all-time in block assists and Fairchild first in per-set kills.

These seniors are sure to be missed.