Dominant first frame sets tone for 3-0 win in opener

Dominant first frame sets tone for 3-0 win in opener

BROOKLYN -- The Cannoneers opened 2016 with a 3-0 win over visiting Yeshiva University (25-8, 25-20, 25-15) Thursday night in non-conference play at the Pratt ARC.

Freshman Marlena Todd led all players with nine kills on 18 attempts, while Hannah Calderwood added six scores on eight swings with only one error, good for a blazing .625 attack percentage. Fellow senior Charlotte Burch added four kills on nine error-free attacks, hitting .444, as Pratt hit .321 as a team.

The Cannoneers stifled the Maccabees attack, which hit -.137 as a team. A trio of Pratt freshmen were scorching at serve, with Julia Kubak launching six aces, Todd firing five, and Talya Polat adding four as head coach Louis Sepulveda's team cruised in his first match as Cannoneers head coach.

Two Todd kills and three Polat aces sparked a 13-1 run to open the night. After an ace and a kill from Burch, another Polat ace capped Pratt's 25-8 first set win.

Pratt's momentum carried over to the start of Game 2, with a pair of Todd kills and a Kubak ace opening up an 8-1 lead. Yeshiva battled back to come to within 13-7 on a Dalia Sieger kill, and a bad set from the Cannoneers trimmed the margin to 22-17. Still within five, two Maccabees service errors prevented any comeback, handing Pratt a 25-20 victory. 

A pair of Calderwood kills and an ace and a kill from Kubak spotted the Cannoneers a 4-0 lead in Game 3. Another attack from Calderwood increased the margin to 10-5 before Todd distanced Pratt by dealing all five of her service aces in a late 7-0 run. Two more Calderwood attacks hammered the final nails in a 25-15 victory, as five of her six kills came in the third frame.

Abby Nagy led all players with 15 assists, while fellow junior Rachel Goatley added four kills and only one error on eight attacks for a .375 attack percentage. Defensively, Polat's eight digs led all players.

For Yeshiva (0-1), Gavriela Colton led the way with five kills.

At 1-0, Pratt travels to the College of St. Elizabeth on Saturday, taking on the host Eagles at 10:00 a.m. and Old Westbury at 12:00 p.m.