Dayton volleyball loses heartbreaker to Washington in NCAA Tournament

Credit: Mark Kuhlmann/NCAA Photos

Credit: Mark Kuhlmann/NCAA Photos

Dayton dropped a heartbreaker to Washington in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament on Thursday evening.

The Flyers rallied from two sets down to force a decisive fifth, but the sixth-seeded Huskies claimed the last frame 15-11 to stay alive in the bubble in Omaha, Neb.

In the tournament for the 15th time and making its eighth trip to the second round, Dayton was seeking to advance to the third round for the first time in program history.

The Flyers, who had not lost since their season-opening match at St. Louis on Feb. 13, lost the first set 25-18 before narrowly dropping the second set 25-23.

They had a 16-13 lead in the second set and were ahead 22-21 before Washington rallied to take the lead on a pair of attack errors by the Flyers.

With her team ahead 23-22, Washington’s Madi Endsley closed out the match with a pair of kills.

Dayton had a three-point lead early in the third set before Washington outscored the Flyers 11-4 to go in front 18-14.

Dayton didn’t quit, though.

The Flyers rallied to take a 21-20 lead on a kill by Alayna Yates and were up 23-22 on kill by Lexie Almodovar.

Washington had a chance to put the match away, but another Almodovar kill tied the score at 24.

The Flyers won the set on a pair of Washington attack errors off serves by UD’s Anna Wuensch.

After a back-and-forth beginning to the fourth set, Dayton opened up a 21-16 lead and held on for a 25-21 win.

Jamie Peterson’s ace made it 24-21, and the Flyers forced a fifth set with a shared block by Mahalia Swank and Yates.

Washington claimed five of six points to open up an 8-4 lead in the fifth set, but the Flyers battled back to tie it at 10.

After the teams traded points, Washington scored the last four points to claim the set and the match.

Claire Hoffman’s ace ended it for the Huskies.

Peterson led the Flyers (14-2) with 20 kills while Endsley had 20 for Washington.

Bridget Doherty had 43 assists for Dayton while Almodovar and Amelia Moore had 12 kills apiece.

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