ST. DAVIDS, Pa. – Haverford College's volleyball team surrendered points grudgingly to fifth-ranked Eastern University in a Main Line match-up Friday night, but the host Eagles outlasted the visiting Fords for a 3-0 non-conference victory.
Haverford (10-12) led the once-beaten Eagles (24-1) in all three games before succombing to the nationallly-ranked host in each.
The Fords owned an 18-16 lead in game one before falling by a score of 25-20, then led 10-9 and were tied with Eastern at 11-11 in game two which the Eagles rebounded to win 25-19.
In game three, Haverford broke out to an early 6-1 lead and led at 12-11 before the hosts rallied for a 25-17 match-clinching win.
The Fords played a strong game at the net registering eight team blocks, compared to just five for Eastern, with Haverford's Jenine Abbassi accumulating a match-high four blocks (three solo, two block assists).
Next up for Haverford is a Saturday trip to Westminster, Md., where the team will jump back into Centennial Conference action with a 1 p.m. match against McDaniel College.