FPU volleyball falls in NCAA tourney

The Franklin Pierce University women’s volleyball team saw its 2012 season come to an end on Thursday with a 3-1 loss to New York Tech in the Division II NCAA East Regional.

It was the first appearance in the national tournament in program history for the Ravens, who finished the season with a 19-15 record overall.

FPU was the fifth seed in the East Region after earning an at-large bid. New York Tech, the fourth seed, advanced to the semifinals of the regional and were eliminated by the top seed, University of New Haven, the eventual region champion. It was the second meeting on the season between the Ravens and NYIT; FPU dropped the first one by the same 3-1 score on Oct. 6.

The Ravens lost the first game of Thursday’s Division II tournament opener 25-16, but rallied to even the match with a 25-20 victory in game two. But over the next two games, FPU was handed 25-15 and 25-16 losses.

Junior Katie Jackson had a team-best 10 kills. Stephanie Svorinic had 13 assists and 10 digs.

The Ravens were 12-3 in the Northeast-10 and earned the third seed in the conference tournament, advancing for the first time since the 2008 campaign. FPU lost to Pace 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NE-10 tournament on Nov. 13.

Head coach Stephanie Dragan was named NE-10 Coach of the Year and junior Natasha Ray earned the program’s first NE-10 first-team selection.

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