Vandals outlast Colonials in four-set marathon

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RMU Volleyball comes together after a point for Idaho.

By Michael Deemer, Contributor

MOON TOWNSHIP– After competing in game one of the Chick-Fil-A Labor Day Classic against Liberty (2-0), Robert Morris was in for a quick turnaround a few hours later against Idaho for game two.

In a game that saw competitive action and multiple extra-point sets, the Colonials (3-2) fell to the Vandals (2-3) in four sets.

The first set was a back-and-forth affair that saw a battle of runs, and despite a seven-point RMU lead at a time, Idaho took advantage late and won the set coming from behind. A disgruntled Coach Starr talked about how they could improve and not give opponents a lot of momentum.

“We were up 21-14 in the first set. There’s no reason on earth that that should be a 27-25 loss,” Starr said. “We’ve got to make plays. That’s the bottom line. [We have to] allow ourselves to make those plays and stop those runs.”

It was the same story in the second set, just a different set winner. The Colonials knotted the game up late, forcing another bout of extra points and this time came out on top 26-24. Starr remarked on how the team stays fresh in extra-point sets after three were incurred during the match.

“It’s just a matter of bringing energy to the court,” Starr said. “We have to bring our own energy and not allow other teams to take that momentum away from us.”

The third set was the third in a row that was played to extra points. Each side traded large runs, but it was the Vandals who once again vaulted to victory, winning 27-25 in a hotly contested set.

The back-and-forth continued as to this point as the largest deficit of the match was eclipsed at just 7, when the Vandals were up 15-8 during the third set. Despite a furious comeback effort from Robert Morris, the Vandals kept their lead throughout, winning 25-21.

Allie Munday had a strong effort in the match, notching 20 kills to go along with 23 points as the senior made her mark on the matchup.

STAT LEADERS

Kills: Allie Munday, IDA 20 / Abby Ryan, RMU, 12

Assists: Peyton Ely, IDA, 43 / Megan Cannon, RMU 25

Digs: Alaina Lacey, IDA, 19 / Ally Christman, RMU, 14

Points: Munday, IDA, 23 / Ryan, RMU, 18

The Colonials go 0-2 on the day and face off against inner-city rival, Duquesne, at the UPMC Events Center at 2 p.m. as they conclude as hosts of the Chick-Fil-A Robinson Labor Day Classic, looking to avoid a home-court sweep.