November 5, 2015



Keene, N.H.--Sixth-seeded Rhode Island College kept each set close, but second-seeded Keene State proved to be too much as they swept past the Anchorwomen, 3-0, in the semifinals of the 2015 Little East Conference Tournament played at Spaulding Gymnasium on Thursday evening.


The Anchorwomen finish the year with an 18-12 mark, while the victory advances the Owls (23-8) to the LEC title match where they will face the top-seed, UMass Boston at 1 p.m.


The Owls took the first set 25-17. Both teams hit the ball well with RIC recording a .241 (10-3-29) hitting percentage to the Owls’ .361 (15-2-36). The second set was much closer, with the RIC and Keene State alternating momentum in the stanza. Ultimately, the Owls were able to secure the victory, 25-23.



 Senior outside hitter Michelle Malboeuf


The third and deciding set saw the Owls open a lead and the Anchorwomen respond by cutting the advantage to one at 19-18. Keene was able to pull away down the stretch, recording six of the last eight points to take the 25-20 victory and advance to the LEC title match.


The Anchorwomen were led by senior outside hitter Michelle Malboeuf (Cumberland, RI) who notched six kills and 10 digs and senior outside hitter Kelsey Lace (Glendale, RI) who finished with 13 kills and 14 digs. Sophomore setter Abigayl White (Coventry, RI) handed out 29 assists, while freshman outside hitter Jillian Ward (Coventry, RI) finished with four kills and nine digs.


KSC sophomore outside hitter Rachel Lamica (Malone, NY) and senior middle blocker Madeleine Nossiff (Portsmouth, NH) each recorded 11 kills. Senior setter Alexis Michal (Windham, NH) led Keene with 33 assists, while freshman Libero Riley Bunker (Simi Valley, CA) led the team with 10 digs.