St. John Fisher Falls in the first round of the 2022 NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Tournament in Scranton


Women’s volleyball | 10/11/2022 15:07:00

MEDFORD, MA – The St. John Fisher University Women’s Volleyball Team competed in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Playoffs, hosted by Tufts University against the University of Scranton to kick off the regional game of the competition on Thursday afternoon. Fisher could not fend off the Royals and the season ended in a three-set loss.

The Cardinals started with a 5-2 lead in the first set, thanks to kills from Kiana Walker and Lindsey DeBonis. The Royals were able to respond to level the score at 7-7. The score went back and forth, with the teams tied at 12-12. The Royals managed to find gaps in the Cardinal defense to take a 15-13 lead, forcing a timeout from Fisher. Out of the timeout, DeBonis was credited with a kill to cut the deficit to one, but the Royals kept the pressure on, chasing a 7-2 run to force the second timeout of the set for Fisher and carry the score at 21-16. Delayne Young got a kill and Scranton’s attacking errors cut the deficit to two, but Scranton closed the first set with four straight points to win the first set 25-19.

The second set began similarly to the first, with Fisher opening a 5-2 lead again before Scranton rallied to level the score again at 7-7. The Royals opened up a 15-12 lead to force the first timeout of the second set for Fisher. The deficit swelled to four, down 20-16, before another Cardinal timeout. Victories for Walker and DeBonis were not enough to defeat the Royals in the second set, losing 25-19.

Looking to bounce back in the third set, the Cardinals started the third set 14-10. From there, Scranton would go on a remarkable 11-1 run to capture the set by a 25-11 margin, knocking the Cardinals out of the tournament.

Sydney French led the Cardinals with nine wins and was credited with a block. DeBonis added eight kills and Katie Leaty was credited with 19 assists. The Cardinals were beaten 0.313 to 0.126. In 119 attempts, Fisher would total 29 eliminations for 14 errors.

Although the result was not the result the Cardinals were looking for, they finished the season with an overall record of 21-8 and won their fourth straight Empire 8 Championship title.

Empire 8 conference members are committed to academic excellence above all else, and the league is considered an outstanding NCAA Division III conference. Members have distinguished themselves among their peer group for their quality institutions, spirited and athletic competition, exceptional services, and highly ethical policies and practices. Its commitment to meeting the educational needs of its student-athletes is the hallmark of E8. To learn more about Empire 8, visit





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