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The Dayton Flyers volleyball team got off to a soaring start in the NCAA Tournament First Round with a straight set win over Towson on Wednesday in Omaha, Ne.
In the first set, a flurry of blocks and kills propelled the Flyers to a 10-5 lead, forcing a Towson timeout. The Flyers continued to pick up momentum, grabbing a 17-9 lead before another Towson timeout. Redshirt junior outside hitter Jamie Peterson got the final kill in a 25-15 first set win. The Flyers overcame 7 service errors to win the set.
In the second set, a 5-2 Towson run made it close at 9-8, but the Flyers took a 15-11 lead into the media timeout. Taking 8 of the next 10 points, the Flyers forced another timeout from Towson with a 21-13. This time, freshman outside hitter Lexie Almodovar got the kill for a 25-16 second set win.
Never in doubt for the third set, the Flyers forced Towson timeouts at leads of 10-4 and 17-8. For the match-winning point, it was appropriately a kill for freshman middle blocker Lindsey Winner for a 25-16 third set win.
Almodovar and Peterson led the team with 9 and 8 kills apiece. Redshirt sophomore Amelia Moore and senior setter Bridget Doherty combined for 13 more, and Doherty led both teams with 25 assists and 7 digs.
With Wednesday’s win, the Flyers advance to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament, where they will face No. 6 Washington on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in Omaha.