Starpoint graduate Mallory Boron had 37 assists in her return to the setter position as the Niagara women’s volleyball team defeated St. Francis 30-14, 30-20, 30-16 at Taps Gallagher Center in the Western New York Invitational.
It was the Purple Eagles’ first win of the season, after three losses last weekend, and the first Division I victory for coach Susan Clements.
“I think your first win anywhere is special,” Clements said. “It is something that you will remember forever. I’m just happy for the team. They’ve been working hard and they deserve every bit of this.”
Raelean Rush contributed 11 kills and seven digs. Sara Mancini had 15 digs and Maurin Lawrence added 10 kills.
Clements singled out Nicole Piette (Lockport), who had six kills and two blocks, in her post-match remarks. “Nicole had an excellent game for us,” Clements said. “She was a force on the outside.”
• WOMEN’S SOCCER: Chiara Greco scored the game-winning goal on an assist from Brittany Bisnott with 15 minutes left as the Purple Eagles came from behind to win 4-3 at UB Stadium.
“I’m extremely proud of the way our young team responded twice against a tough rival,” coach Peter Veltri said.
Bisnott, the nation’s second leading goal scorer a year ago, found the back of the net twice for Niagara (1-0). Stephanie Gartley also scored.
Greco, a sophomore, added an assist, her first career point. Freshman Ashley Mandrino also notched her first career assist. Ashleigh Bowers, a freshman, picked up the win in net, playing the second half.
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Niagara introduced its seventh women’s basketball coach Kendra Faustin, a former Canisius assistant, at a press conference Wednesday.
Faustin, 28, spent the past three seasons working with the Golden Griffins’ post players, opponant scouting, recruiting players in the Midwest and dealing with compliance issues, according NU. Before that she was an assistant coach at Division II Hillsdale College.