Niagara Gazette — staff reports
Friday was not a lucky day for Niagara University’s volleyball squad nor for its men’s and women’s soccer teams.
The volleyball team fell in its first match at the UB Invite, losing in straight sets to the host Bulls, 25-14, 25-13, 25-21.
UB jumped out to an early 12-2 lead in the first set. Kills by Logan Rae and Amanda Sedore helped NU cut the lead to 19-12 later in the set, but the Bulls would score six of the next eight points to get the win.
Freshman Emily Hopkins finished with nine assists and nine digs, while Sedore led the Purple Eagles with six kills.
Niagara will face Temple at the UB Invite today at 3 p.m., then face the Bulls again on Sunday at 7 p.m.
• The men’s soccer team began its 2013 MAAC Championship defense with a home loss to Vermont, 1-0. Scott Kisling scored the game-winning goal for the Catamounts in a game that was full of fouls. Niagara earned three yellow cards while Vermont had two.
The Purple Eagles (0-1) will next host St. Bonaventure at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
• The Niagara women’s team is in Tampa, Fla., where they fell Friday to Jacksonville University, 3-2, in the opening game of the University of South Florida Tournament.
Senior forward Breanna Catipovic scored both of Niagara’s goals, twice erasing Jacksonville leads. The Purple Eagles gave up the go-ahead goal in the 72nd minute when Kaitlyn Bassett scored her second goal of the game.
NU goalkeeper Olivia Wood marked her first game appearance of the season by stopping a penalty kick in the 47th minute.
Niagara (0-3) plays its final game of the tournament on Sunday, when they face the hosts 1 p.m.