Closing out the match with a 6-2 run in the fourth set, the University at Buffalo evened its Mid-American Conference record at 1-1 with a hard-fought women’s volleyball win over Kent State Saturday night in Alumni Arena.
The Bulls trailed, 18-16, before rallying to end a 20-25, 25-23, 28-26, 25-20 victory and run their season’s record to 13-2 (1-1 in the MAC).
Tahleia Bishop led the Bulls with 18 kills while Liz Scott had 16. Libero Kelly Svoboda had 32 digs, and Taylor Pritchett had 25 assists.
Elsewhere in women’s volleyball, Canisius and Niagara both lost MAAC encounters. Canisius (2-1 MAAC) fell in three sets to Marist, 25-22, 25-18 and 25-23, despite eight kills in 13 attack attempts (.615 percentage) by sophomore Lauren Siebert. Niagara (1-13, 0-3 MAAC) lost its home opener to Siena (5-9, 4-0 MAAC) in straight sets, 25-21, 25-13 and 25-21.
The Purple Eagles will be back at it today against Marist at 1 p.m.
WOMEN’S SOCCER: Breanna Catipovic scored in the 86th minute giving Niagara (2-9-0, 1-2-0 MAAC) a 2-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory over Manhattan in Lewiston Saturday afternoon. The first half was scoreless even though the Purple Eagles outshot the Jaspers, 13-4. Jami Petersen scored for Niagara 10 minutes into the second half but Manhattan tied it in the 68th minute.
Niagara will be home against Canisius on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The Golden Griffins, meanwhile, lost, 2-1, to the newest MAAC member, Monmouth, in Long Branch, N.J. Brianna Smith scored her 36th career goal for the Griffs but Monmouth scored in the 47th minute.
GOLF: Led by medalist Daren Simons (67-73-140), St. Bonaventure captured the 60th annual Little 3 Tournament at Pine Acres Golf Club in Bradford, Pa. The Bonnies shot 2-over 290 in the morning and 294 in the afternoon for 584, nine shots better than Canisius (593). Niagara finished at 635. The victory snapped Canisius’ three-year run as Little 3 champions. Simons earned a berth in the 2014 Porter Cup.