McKEES ROCK, Pa. -- Fairmont State picked up its fifth straight victory in a five-set match against Point Park on Monday evening.
Point Park (16-4) jumped out to an early lead with a 25-22 victory in set one. The Falcons (11-5) took the next two sets, 25-20 and 25-13. Point Park tied the match with a 25-19 victory in set four. FSU trailed in set five 12-7, but rallied past the Pioneers scoring nine of the next 11 points to win the set and match, 16-14.
"Point Park is a very talented and veteran team. It was a tough match and we were pushed, down 12-7 in the fifth set at one point," coach Larry Hill said. "We showed a lot of character and several players stepped up."
The Falcons were led by Bri Swann, with 18 kills and 12 digs in the match. Amber Wilson added 15 kills and Leslie Giordon chipped in 11 in the victory. Tiff Smathers led the team with 22 digs and Kaitlyn Witsaman contributed 11. Jess Margo had a career-high 47 assists. "Freshman Jessica Margo led the offense for the first time this year, making great decisions and allowing our hitters to put the ball away," added Hill. "She put the ball where we needed it and every hitter stepped up."
The Falcons will return to action this Saturday when they travel to Urbana, Ohio for a non-conference doubleheader. FSU will face Urbana at 11 a.m. and wrap up the day against Wittenburg at 1 p.m.