PHILADELPHIA - La Salle volleyball fought hard on Friday night, but fell 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-13) to No. 20 Dayton at Tom Gola Arena.
The Flyers (11-4, 3-0 A-10) nixed the gritty Explorer effort by hitting .330 (45 kills-10 errors-106 attempts) as a team and accumulating 7.5 blocks on the night. In contrast, La Salle hit .132 (30 kills-16 errors-106 attempts) and posted no blocks.
Dayton cruised to a first set victory but La Salle countered with a strong start to the second. With the set locked up 7-7, the Flyers put their foot on the gas pedal, rattling off 18 of the next 29 points en route to the set victory. Dayton hit .455 as a team in the third period, extinguishing all Explorer comeback attempts.
Jennifer Whelan put together an impressive match, hitting .556 (6 kills-1error-9 attempts) while Kelly Scanlon was the lone Explorer with double-digit kills (13, .250). She added 8 digs and 2 services aces to her stat line as well.
Breanna Mazalewski compiled a match-high 19 digs while Samantha Tulskie tallied 12 of her own.
La Salle (3-15, 0-3 A-10) has a quick turnaround, as they host Xavier at 1PM Saturday afternoon. The Musketeers (9-8, 2-1 A-10) dropped a grueling match at Temple 3-2 on Friday evening.