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November 13, 2012

 

 2012 Rhode Island College Women’s Volleyball
Season Summary

(14-16 Overall; 3-4 in the Little East Conference)

 Providence, RI—Head Coach Elysce Tackmann’s (Career record: 30-29, .509) Anchorwomen finished the 2012 season with a 14-16 overall record and a 3-4 (fifth place) mark in the Little East Conference.

 

 

 

For the fourth consecutive season, Rhode Island College qualified for the postseason, drawing a date with fourth-seeded Eastern Connecticut in the opening round of the 2012 Little East Conference Women’s Volleyball Tournament on Oct. 31. Despite falling to the Warriors in both regular season meetings, the fifth-seeded Anchorwomen stormed past fourth-seeded Eastern Connecticut, 3-0 (25-22, 32-30, 25-21), to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2009. However, the Anchorwomen fell short in its semifinal matchup with top-seeded UMass Boston, as the Beacons handed RIC a 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-12) loss to end its season on Nov. 3.

 

Senior outside hitter Breanna Boyer (West Greenwich, RI) closed out her four-year career with the Anchorwomen having played in 440 sets in 126 matches. She racked up 1,458 career kills (3.31/set), making her the all-time leader in kills at Rhode Island College. A two-time team captain, Boyer hit .257 (1,458-406-4,100) for her career, which ranks second all-time in program history, and also compiled 29 assists (0.07/set), 103 service aces (0.24/set), 972 digs (2.21/set) and 203 blocks (0.46/set).

 

As a senior in 2012, Boyer was named First Team All-Little East and team MVP. She played in 106 sets in 30 matches, the only player on the roster to play every set this fall. Boyer hit .264 with 399 kills (3.76/set), 17 assists (0.16/set), 32 service aces (0.30/set), 220 digs (2.08/set) and 48 blocks (0.45/set). Boyer led the team in hitting percentage, kills and blocks, while tying for the team lead in aces. She also ranked second on the club in digs. Boyer reached double-digits in kills in 23 matches, posting a season-high 25 in a 3-2 win over Clark on Sept. 29. She also reached double-digit digs six times, recording a season-best 13 digs in a 3-0 loss to Western New England on Sept. 20. Boyer tallied a season-high five blocks against UMass Dartmouth on Oct. 4 and registered a season-high four aces three times on the year. She was named the Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Week twice on the season. Boyer became the program’s all-time leader in kills against Roger Williams on Oct. 13.

 

As a junior in 2011, Boyer was named the team MVP. She played in 102 sets in 29 matches. Boyer totaled 344 kills (3.37/set), a .238 hitting percentage, 24 service aces (.24/set), 239 digs (2.34/set) and 66 blocks (0.65/set). The junior captain led the Anchorwomen in kills and digs, was second on the team in hitting percentage and third in aces. She tallied her 1,000th career kill in a 3-0 win against Manhattanville on Oct. 15, while posting double-digit kills on 18 occasions. Boyer notched a season-high 24 kills in a 3-2 win against Lasell on Sept. 20, and also reached double-digit digs nine times on the season. She registered a season-high of 16 digs in a 3-1 win over UMass Dartmouth on Oct. 4 and again in a 3-1 loss against Roger Williams on Oct. 9.

 

As a sophomore in 2010, Boyer was named Second Team All-Little East. She played in 103 sets in 30 matches. Boyer totaled 327 kills (3.17/set), a .290 hitting percentage, 28 service aces (0.27/set), 209 digs (2.03/set) and 35 blocks (0.34/set). She led the team in kills, hitting percentage and digs, while finishing third in both service aces and blocks. Boyer reached double digits in kills 16 times, posting a season-high 21 in a 3-2 loss to Assumption on Sept. 4.

 

As a freshman in 2009, Boyer was named Second Team All-Little East. She played in 129 sets in 37 matches, totaling 388 kills (3.0/game), a .243 hitting percentage, 19 service aces (.15/game), 304 digs (2.36/game) and 54 blocks (.42/game). Boyer ranked first on the team in kills, second in both hitting percentage and digs, fourth in service aces and was fifth in blocks. She was named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Week once and to the Regis College and Wheaton Invitational All-Tournament Teams.

 

She is an accounting major and a 2009 graduate of La Salle Academy.

 

Senior setter Jessica Ho (Providence, RI) closed out her four-year career with the Anchorwomen having played in 427 sets in 124 matches. She handed out 3,077 career assists (7.21/set), making her the all-time leader in assists at Rhode Island College. Ho hit .181 (117-45-397) for her career and compiled 117 kills (0.27/set), 76 service aces (0.18/set), 629 digs (1.47/set) and 130 blocks (0.30/set). 

 

As a senior in 2012, Ho played in 104 sets in 30 matches. She tallied 33 kills (0.32/set), a .171 hitting percentage, a RIC single-season record 966 assists (9.29/set), 24 service aces (0.23/set), 183 digs (1.76/set) and 16 blocks (0.15/set). Ho led Rhode Island College, as well as the Little East Conference, in assists and also ranked fourth on the team in service aces, blocks and digs. She eclipsed 30 assists on 16 different occasions in 2012 and reached 40 assists on seven different occasions, with her career-high of 50 assists coming at Clark on Sept. 29. Ho also reached double-digits in digs five times and recorded a season-high of 13 twice on the year. She became the program’s all-time leader in assists against Tufts on Sept. 7.

 

As a junior in 2011, Ho played in 102 sets in 29 matches. She totaled 41 kills (0.40/set), a .229 hitting percentage, 716 assists (7.02/set), 20 service aces (0.20/set), 155 digs (1.52/set) and 84 blocks (0.82/set). Ho led RIC in assists, was third on the team in hitting percentage and blocks, fourth in aces, and fifth in digs. She eclipsed 30 assists nine different times in 2011, with her season-high of 45 coming in a 3-2 win against St. Joseph’s (ME) on Sept. 14. Ho also reached the double-digit dig marker twice, with her season high of 22 coming against St. Joseph’s as well.

 

As a sophomore in 2010, Ho was named the team MVP. She played in 99 sets in 29 matches. Ho totaled 711 assists (7.18/set), 19 kills (0.19/set), a .343 hitting percentage, 17 service aces (0.17/set), 88 digs (0.89/set) and eight blocks (0.08/set). She led the team in assists, while finishing fourth on the squad in digs. Ho reached double digits in 26 of the 29 matches she saw action in. She also eclipsed 40 assists three times on the year, handing out a season-high 45 in a 3-2 win over Eastern Connecticut on Oct. 12.

 

As a freshman in 2009, Ho played in 122 sets in 36 matches. She totaled 24 kills (0.20/set), 684 assists (5.61/set), 15 service aces (0.12/set), 203 digs (1.66/set), and 22 blocks (0.18/set). Ho led the team in assists and ranked fourth on the squad in digs and sixth in service aces.

 

She is a nursing major and a 2009 graduate of Classical High School.

 

Junior outside hitter Amanda Cabral (Riverside, RI) played in 105 sets in 30 matches. She totaled 256 kills (2.44/set), a .192 hitting percentage, 23 assists (0.22/set), 32 service aces (0.30/set), 216 digs (2.06/set) and 40 blocks (0.38/set). Cabral finished the season tied for the team lead in service aces, second on the team in kills, hitting percentage, and blocks, and third in digs and assists. She reached double-digit kills 13 times on the year, with her season-high of 14 coming against McDaniel on Sept. 8. Cabral also reached double-digit digs seven times on the year, with her season-high of 22 coming against Plymouth State on Oct. 27. She tallied a season-high of four aces against Wesleyan on Oct. 16 and notched a season-high four blocks twice on the year.

 

Junior defensive specialist Katie McGovney (Barrington, RI) played in 81 sets in 28 matches. She posted five assists (0.06/set), seven service aces (0.09/set) and 113 digs (1.40/set). McGovney tallied a season-high of 11 digs against Eastern Connecticut on Oct. 9 and a season-high of three aces at Wheaton College on Sept. 4.

 

Sophomore outside hitter Samantha Plante (Woonsocket, RI) played in 26 sets in 16 matches. She registered 13 kills (0.50/set), a .178 hitting percentage, one service ace (0.04/set), 11 digs (0.42/set) and four blocks (0.15/set). Plante tallied a season-high four kills against Southern Maine on Oct. 20, a season-high five digs on Sept. 7 against Wellesley, and a season-high two blocks against Worcester State on Oct. 27.

 

Freshman middle hitter Adriana Ambari (Beacon Falls, CT) played in 94 sets in 29 matches. She totaled 157 kills (1.67/set), a .180 hitting percentage, 10 assists (0.11/set), 10 digs (0.11/set) and 28 blocks (0.30/set). Ambari ranked third on the team in hitting percentage and blocks, and fourth on the team in kills. She reached double-digit kills five times on the year, with her season-high of 13 coming against McDaniel on Sept. 8, and also tallied a season-high of four blocks against Simmons on Sept. 1.

 

Freshman setter Emma Cajthaml (El Cajon, CA) played in eight sets in five matches. She tallied 16 assists (2.00/set) and 11 digs (1.38/set). Cajthaml posted a season-high of eight assists at Eastern Nazarene on Oct. 4 and a season-high of four digs against Emmanuel on Sept. 25.

 

Freshman outside hitter Michelle Malboeuf (Cumberland, RI) played in 95 sets in 30 matches. She totaled 144 kills (1.52/set), a .178 hitting percentage, 11 assists (0.12/set), 22 service aces (0.23/set), 67 digs (0.71/set) and 15 blocks (0.16/set). Malboeuf ranked fourth on the team in hitting percentage and fifth on the team in kills, service aces and blocks. She reached double-digit kills twice on the season, with her season-high of 11 coming at UMass Dartmouth on Oct. 2. Malboeuf recorded a season-high six aces at Salem State on Sept. 27, a season-high of six digs against Westfield State on Sept. 29 and a season-high of four blocks at UMass Boston on Sept. 22.

 

Freshman outside hitter Lauren Palazzini (Woonsocket, RI) played in 105 sets in 30 matches. She registered 213 kills (2.03/set), a .142 hitting percentage, six assists (0.06/set), 16 service aces (0.15/set), 141 digs (1.34/set) and nine blocks (0.09/set). Palazzini ranked third on the team in kills and fifth in digs. She reached double-digits in kills eight times on the year, with her season-high of 17 coming against Wesleyan on Oct. 16, and also recorded double-digit digs four times on the year, tallying her season-high of 15 twice. Palazzini registered a season-high of three service aces against Westfield State on Sept. 29.

 

Freshman libero Jasmyn Starr (Gilford, NH) played in 105 sets in 30 matches. She tallied two kills (0.02/set), 29 assists (0.28/set), 32 service aces (0.28/set) and 319 digs (3.04/set). Starr led the team in digs, finished in a tie for the team lead in service aces, and also ranked second on the squad in assists. She reached double-digit digs 16 times, with her season-high of 34 coming at Western Connecticut on Oct. 23. Starr handed out a season-high 11 assists against Wellesley on Sept. 7 and also recorded a season-high of four aces twice on the season.

 

Freshman defensive specialist Morgan Stewart (Willington, CT) played in 19 sets in 10 matches. She totaled seven kills (0.37/set), eight assists (0.42/set), one service ace (0.05/set), 28 digs (1.47/set) and one block (0.05/set). Stewart posted a pair of season-highs with two kills and three assists against Worcester State on Oct. 27 and followed with a season-high 15 digs at Eastern Connecticut in the first round of the Little East Conference Tournament on Oct. 31.