October 6, 2015



Providence, R.I.--Rhode Island College played in a five-set epic against Little East rival Western Connecticut, falling 3-2 (32-30, 16-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-9), at The Murray Center on Tuesday night.


The loss snapped the Anchorwomen’s (11-6, 1-2 LEC) seven-match winning streak dating back to Sept. 21.


The Colonials (11-8, 2-1 LEC) took a victory in the see-saw first set, 32-30. The Anchorwomen had chances to end the match in regulation, but the Colonials were up to the challenge, forcing the match into extra points where they were able to clinch the victory. RIC recorded 13 kills in the set with Western recording 15 kills in the victory.


The second set saw the Anchorwomen take control early and never look back, as they to a 25-16 victory. Senior outside hitter Kelsey Lace (Glendale, RI) led the Anchorwomen with several key kills to secure the victory for the Anchorwomen. RIC registered an amazing .600 hitting percentage (16-1-25).



 Senior outside hitter Kelsey Lace


The third set saw the Anchorwomen inch closer to victory with a 25-21 victory. The two teams traded evenly throughout the frame with RIC holding a .231 (13-4-39) hitting percentage to Western’s .175 (13-6-40).


The Colonials were able to take set four with the identical, 25-21, mark, pushing the game to a deciding fifth set. The Colonials jumped out on the Anchorwomen early, holding a 6-1 lead in the early stages of the stanza. RIC rallied, but ultimately came up short, falling 15-9.


RIC was led by Lace’s match-highs in kills (28) and digs (21). Junior libero Megan Armburg (Swansea, MA) tied Lace with 21 digs to go along with two service aces. Senior outside hitter Michelle Malboeuf (Cumberland, RI) recorded 15 kills with freshman middle blocker Emily Langlais (West Warwick, RI) hitting an astounding .600 with nine kills and no errors.


Western was led by sophomore middle hitter Brittany Steele (Massapequa, NY), who notched a team-best 22 kills to go along with a team-best 18 digs. Junior outside hitter Karissa Smith (Bristol, CT) ranked second on the squad with 22 kills and 13 digs. Steele and Smith were among six Colonials who recorded double-figure dig totals. Junior setter Danielle Kaminsky (Plantsville, CT) ranked first on the team with 50 assists.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will compete at the Rivier Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10.