By: Christian Harmon – Staff Writer
The Dayton volleyball team won its first game of the weekend by dominating Atlantic 10 foe Fordham by a score of 25-16, 25-8, 25-13 at the Frericks Center on Friday night. The Flyers improved to 10-5 on the season and 3-0 in the conference after notching their eighth straight win.
Tonight was the Flyers’ first conference home game after starting the Atlantic 10 season on the road last weekend with wins over Duquesne and La Salle.
Senior outside hitter Alaina Turner led all players with 11 kills while four different Flyers notched four blocks. Fordham senior setter Abigail Konovodoff recorded 17 assists for the visiting Rams.
Thirteen different Flyers saw action in the match, which Dayton controlled the entire way. Head coach Tim Horsmon was happy with the way everyone contributed.
“We had a lot of kids get in and play today,” Horsmon said. “They’ve worked their tails off every day in practice so they’ve earned this opportunity. We have a lot of good players in our program that might not get to play every day, but they’re still worthy of playing at this level.”
Amongst those was Kendyll Brown, a freshman middle blocker from Mechanicsville, Virginia, who added four blocks, two kills and a dig while filling in for injured starter Angel Agu. Agu has missed the last two matches with a left foot injury.
“Kendyll has done a nice job the last couple of matches,” Horsmon said. “She’s working hard every day and has a really high ceiling. She is a really strong, physical kid and a really good athlete, so she just has to continue to learn how to play the game.”
Although Friday was a lopsided victory for the Flyers, Horsmon still sees room for improvement.
“I think we made a lot of mental errors tonight, our passing wasn’t great and we wanted a higher perfect-pass percentage,” he said. “Our blocking also needs to get a little bit better, I think we made some mistakes there too. But overall we were pretty solid, I like how we served and we played with good energy, we just need to execute a little bit better.”
The Flyers play again at the Frericks Center on Sunday at 1 p.m. against the other Rams from the Atlantic 10, Rhode Island.