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Mighty Macs Dropped in Atlantic East Quarterfinal By Neumann


                       Shelby Belk                            Sara Desmond

         (Red Lion Christian)                          (St.Marks)


ASTON, Pa.  - The sixth-seeded Immaculata University women's volleyball team was unable to carry the momentum from a first set rally Tuesday night at Neumann, falling to the third-seeded Knights in its Atlantic East Conference quarterfinal matchup, 3-0. The Mighty Macs trailed 13-7 in the first set before a 9-2 run vaulted them into their first lead of the match, but Neumann battled back to win the the opening set - and the following two - to advance to the Atlantic East semifinals set for Thursday.

Olivia Zdradzinski led the Macs with 13 digs, nine assists and four kills in her final career match with the program.

-The Mighty Macs fell behind early in the first set as Neumann took the first four points and later extended the lead to 13-7. The Macs responded with seven unanswered points of their own to take their first lead of the match at 14-13. Natalie Dependahl registered four service aces during the run - including a run of three straight - to complete the comeback.
-After the Macs stretched the lead out to two at 16-14, Neumann retaliated with a 4-0 run of its own to regain a two-point advantage. With the Knights leading 20-17, the Macs surged back yet again, this time with a 4-0 run of its own that included kills from Dependahl and Jade Rindock while retaking a one-point lead. The two sides alternated the next two points as the Macs clung to a one-point lead, but the Knights finished off the set by taking the final four points to take the opener, 25-22.
-Neumann raced out to an early ten-point advantage in the second set and never looked back, taking it 25-10.
-The third set had a similar feel to the second, as Neumann took nine of the first ten points to build a comfortable lead. The Macs were able to cut the deficit to as little as six in the set - including a 5-0 run in the late stages - but Neumann did not allow IU to inch any closer, taking the final set of the night 25-16.

-Kills: Dependahl/Zdradzinski 4
-Aces:Dependahl 4, Zdradzinski 3
-Blocks: Shelby Belk (Red Lion)/Zdradzinski
-Assists: Zdradzinski 9, Dependahl/Desmond 2
-Digs: Zdradzinski 13,Sara Desmond 12 (St.Marks), Dependahl 9

Story and photos courtesy of Immaculata University

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