Bronx, N.Y. – Two single-game school records were matched and one was one broken during the Fordham volleyball team’s four-set win over George Washington on Sunday afternoon at the Rose Hill Gym, giving the Rams back-to-back home conference wins. Sophomore Olivia Fairchild broke the single-game four-set record for aces, with eight, and tied the overall single-game record in the process. The team conjured up 18 total aces, tying the four-set and overall single-game mark. With the win, the Rams improve to 10-7 on the year and 2-2 in Atlantic 10 play, while the Colonials fall to 5-13 and 1-3, respectively.
Fordham took the opening two sets with relative ease before the Colonials rallied back for a third set win coming out of the long break, and pushed the Rams to the final points in set number four before the hosts rallied to take the match outright.
Freshman McKenna Lahr smacked career-highs of 19 kills and five aces to lead the way, her first back-to-back double-digit kill tally of the season and fourth overall, and her fourth match with at least four aces. Sophomore Kaitlin Morley fell just one kill shy of matching her new personal-best, set on Friday night against George Mason, finishing with 15 kills to go with 13 digs and three aces. Olivia Fairchild‘s single-digit kill streak reached four straight matches but the dynamic sophomore matched and set the aforementioned records and added a team-high 15 digs.
Junior setter Maddy Walsh assisted on a season-high 47 points, while sophomore libero Morgan Williams dug out 14 attacks. Defensively, Olivia LaPorta and Lahr each recorded three blocks. For the former, it makes six consecutive matches with three blocks.
Fairchild broke the long-standing four-set record for aces, which had previously been six, shared by Denise Sheldon in 1997, Tihana Sarlija in 1998, Stephanie Fike in 1999, and Jamee Stimson in 2004. Beth Crockett tallied eight aces over three sets at Marist in 2002 and Mele Misi hit the same mark in five sets against Iona at home in 2002.
Fordham has recorded 18 aces as a group twice in its history: once in three sets against Howard in 2002 and two years ago at Manhattan. In the latter match, LaPorta, Natalie Martinez, Clarissa Cartledge, Molly Oshinski, and Breanna Jones combined for 16 aces.
The Rams remain at home to host Dayton and Saint Louis on back-to-back nights next weekend, starting with the Flyers on Friday at 7 p.m. That match will be shown live on the A-10 Digital Network.