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November 3, 2009

 

 BOYER & OBERHELMAN LEAD ANCHORWOMEN TO LITTLE EAST TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS

Keene, NHFreshman outside hitter Breanna Boyer (West Greenwich, RI) and  junior opposite April Oberhelman (Woonsocket, RI) led fifth-seeded Rhode Island College to a 3-2 (17-25, 25-19, 23-25, 25-23, 15-11) win at fourth-seeded Keene State in first round action of the 2009 Little East Conference Women’s Volleyball Tournament on Tuesday evening at Spaulding Gymnasium.

 

 RIC (18-18) moves on to face top-seeded UMass Boston in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 6 at UMB. Keene State (18-17) sees its season come to an end in the loss.

 

 

 Freshman Outside Hitter Breanna Boyer

 

Boyer led four Anchorwomen in double figures with 18 kills, while also contributing 14 digs. Oberhelman had 12 kills and 19 digs .

 

 

Junior Opposite April Oberhelman

 

 Senior outside hitter Sharon Corriveau (Coventry, RI) posted a match-high 24 digs to go along with 11 winners. Freshman middle blocker Kalyn Archer (Warwick, RI) had 10 kills, five blocks and two service aces.

 

 Junior outside hitter Tess Heidel (Warwick, RI) was one kill shy of double figures to go along with 17 digs. Freshman setter Jessica Ho (Providence, RI) recorded a career-high 56 assists.

 

 The Owls  jumped out to a 25-17 win in set one behind sophomore Bridget O’Bryant’s (Merrimack, NH) six kills on 11 attempts for a .455 hitting percentage. Senior setter Jordan Pokryfki’s (Wasilla, Alaska) put up 13 assists to pace the Owls attack.

 

 In set two, RIC would answer as Ho would put up 10 assists and Archer posted three kills.

 

 In set three, Ho’s service ace knotted the score at 23-all, but Keene State would take a 2-1 lead on a kill from sophomore middle blocker Ellyse Davis (Londonderry, NH). The Owls were paced again by Pokryfki with 14 assists and eight kills from O’Bryant.

 

 The Owls looked to close out the Anchormen in set four, jumping out to a 16-12 lead on a service ace from senior libero Abby Rosen (Hebron, CT). RIC would fight back with five kills from Oberhelman and Heidel would serve out the last four points to force a fifth and deciding frame.

 

 RIC took control of set five, jumping out to a 10-4 lead before KSC head coach Bob Weiner was forced to call a timeout. The Owls came out firing, as Davis would smash five straight kills to make it 10-9. The Anchorman bounced back and Heidel’s block sealed the deal for RIC and the 3-2 road victory over Keene State.

 

 O’Bryant’s 23 kills were a career-high, and one off the school record for kills in a match held by her sister Brittany O’Bryant. Davis was right behind her with 19 kills, while Pokryfki put up 53 assists and 12 digs in the losing effort. Rosen had a game-high 25 digs.

 

 The win for RIC avenges a 3-1 loss to the Owls on Oct. 24. The Anchorwomen will be looking to bounce back from a 3-0 loss to UMass Boston during the regular season finale on Oct. 31. It is RIC's first trip back to the conference semis since the 2006 campaign.

 

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