Fairfield Takes 3-1 Win Over Niagara in MAAC Semifinal
Release: November 17, 2012
The Stags took the first set, 25-21. After Fairfield built up a 15-9 lead, Niagara came back and closed it to within one point (22-21). But a kill by Brianna Dixion and two attack errors by the Purple Eagles concluded the first set in favor of the Stags.
The second set went to the Purple Eagles, 25-22. After Fairfield won the first point, Niagara tied it up and then maintained the lead for the remainder of the set. Midway through the set, however, Niagara lost the services of Taylor Edmonds, a member of the All-MAAC Rookie Team, for the remainder of the day due to injury.
In the third set, Fairfield once again had a 15-9 lead over Niagara, but the Purple Eagles were able to pull within three (21-18) before the Stags took a timeout. After returning to play, Fairfield went on to win the third set, 25-20. Tied at 18 in the fourth set, Fairfield went on to outscore Niagara, 7-3, to take the deciding set, 25-21.
Dixion finished the day with 17 kills and 17 digs, while Caitlin Stapleton recorded 11 kills and Rachel Romansky, the MAAC Setter of the Year, registered 49 assists.
Kari Honomichl, the MAAC Player of the Year, posted 19 kills and 18 digs in her final match at Niagara. Ellen Senf closed out the day with kills and five digs for the Purple Eagles.
Fairfield, making its 14th appearance in the MAAC final, will face the winner of the Siena/Canisius semifinal on Sunday, November 18 at 1:00 p.m. The winner of that match will earn the MAAC's automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship.