Strezenec, Voiklis Join Record Book in Five-Set Win at William Paterson

Kelsey Voiklis & Lauren Anne Strezenec
Kelsey Voiklis & Lauren Anne Strezenec

Farmingdale State - 3, William Paterson - 2 (27-25, 20-25, 20-25, 25-22, 15-13)

Wayne, N.J. - FSC junior setter Lauren Anne Strezenec (Merrick, N.Y.) and sophomore middle blocker Kelsey Voiklis (Commack, N.Y.) both joined the record book in a five-set non-conference victory at William Paterson on Thursday evening. Strezenec totaled 47 assists on the night, marking the third highest total in program history, while Voiklis produced eight blocking assists to tie the school record. With the 3-2 win, the Farmingdale State women's volleyball team improved to 9-7 on the year.

Tied at 25-25 in the first set, a kill by Rams junior outside Annie Cosgrave (Brightwaters, N.Y.) and a service ace by Strezenec gave FSC the 27-25 victory and early 1-0 advantage.

After William Paterson (9-7) captured the next two sets by the same score, 25-20, Farmingdale State forced a deciding fifth set by winning set four, 25-22.

The Rams jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the final set on a pair of kills by both Voiklis and Cosgrave, as well as a kill by FSC sophomore setter Julia Hande (Islip, N.Y.). With Farmingdale State still up by five, 14-9, the Pioneers tallied the game's next four points, including two kills by junior middle blocker Christine Griffith (Upper Saddle River, N.J.), to cut the FSC lead to just one, 14-13.

On the ensuing serve, a kill by Cosgrave, assisted by Strezenec, gave the Rams the 15-13 deciding set victory and 3-2 non-conference win.

Along with her record setting eight blocking assists, Voiklis also recorded a career-high 13 kills for Farmingdale State, while Strezenec set a new season-high with three blocking assists. Rams senior libero Stephanie Etersque (Deer Park, N.Y.) tallied a team-high 18 digs and senior middle-blocker Maia Cadle-Hinton (Huntington, N.Y.) set a new career-high with 20 kills. Cosgrave finished with 13 kills, 14 digs and four blocking assists, while Hande ended with 16 kills, 12 digs, six blocking assists and a match-high three service aces.

The Rams totaled 30 blocking assists as a team, a new season-high.

William Paterson was led by junior setter Kendall Caruso's (Secaucus, N.J.) 45 assists and 14 digs, while Griffith produced a game-leading 19 digs. Pioneers junior outside Amanda Lembo (North Haledon, N.J.), sophomore middle blocker Alyson Toman (Secaucus, N.J.) and junior middle blocker Chelliah Phillips (Bergenfield, N.J.) combined for 43 kills in the loss.

FSC next travels to The College of Staten Island on Saturday, October 7th for a non-conference tri-match. The Rams will play Delaware Valley at 2:00 p.m. and Staten Island at 4:00 p.m.