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May 11, 2016

 

2015 Rhode Island College Women’s Volleyball
Season Summary

(18-12 Overall; 3-4 in the Little East Conference)

Providence, R.I.-Head Coach Leo Bush’s (30-26, .536) team finished the 2015 season with an 18-12 record overall and a 3-4 (fifth place tie) mark in the Little East Conference. With their top-six finish, the Anchorwomen qualified for the Little East Conference Tournament for the second consecutive season.

 

Sixth-seeded RIC faced third-seeded-seed Plymouth State in the opening round of the LEC Tournament. Facing a 2-0 deficit on the road, the Anchorwomen rallied, winning the next three sets to earn the victory and advance to the conference semifinals. Rhode Island College traveled to second-seeded Keene State and fell,  3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-20), to end its season.

 

 

 

Senior outside hitter Kelsey Lace (Glendale, RI) closed out her one year on campus, playing in 108 sets in 30 matches. She was named First Team All-Little East and team MVP. Lace recorded team-highs in kills with 446 (4.13/set) and digs with 342 (3.17/set), while registering 16 assists (.15/set), 42 service aces (.39/set) and 35 blocks (.32/set). She recorded a .213 hitting percentage on the season and led the Little East Conference in kills (446), while ranking second in kills/set (4.13). Lace recorded a season-high 28 kills in a 3-2 setback against Western Connecticut on Oct. 6. She notched a season-high 25 digs in a 3-2 victory over Bridgewater State on Oct. 3. Lace registered a season-best six service aces in a 3-1 victory at Southern Maine on Oct. 31. She recorded 19 double-doubles (kills-digs) on the year. Lace was named the Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Week once on the season.

 

As a junior in 2014, Lace played in 99 sets in 27 matches while at the College of St. Rose. She recorded 210 kills (2.12/set), a .171 hitting percentage, 24 assists (.24/set), four aces, 41 digs (.41/set) and 52 blocks (.53/set).

 

As a sophomore in 2013, Lace played in 86 sets in 24 matches while at the College of St. Rose. She recorded 221 kills (2.57/set), a .135 hitting percentage, 10 assists (.12/set), 33 aces (.38/set), 122 digs (1.42/set) and 44 blocks (.51/set).

 

As a freshman in 2012, Lace played in 94 sets in 26 matches while at the College of St. Rose. She recorded 291 kills (3.10/set), a .143 hitting percentage, seven assists, 26 aces (.28/set), 150 digs (1.6/set) and 27 blocks (.29/set).

 

Lace is a nursing major and a 2012 graduate of Mt. St. Charles Academy.

 

Senior outside hitter Michelle Malboeuf (Cumberland, RI) wrapped up her career at Rhode Island College having played in 375 sets in 113 matches. She recorded 803 kills, 31 assists, 643 digs, 85 blocks and 116 service aces. Malboeuf’s 803 kills rank her seventh all-time in program history.

 

As a senior in 2015, she played in 102 sets in 28 matches. Malboeuf recorded a .162 hitting percentage, 253 kills (2.48/set), 249 digs (2.44/set), a team-best 46 service aces (.45/set), six assists (.06/set) and 21 blocks (.21/set). She recorded a season-best 17 kills in a 3-2 win over Bridgewater State on Oct. 3. Malboeuf registered a season-best 19 digs in a 3-2 setback against Western Connecticut on Oct. 6. She recorded a season-high five service aces on three occasions. Malboeuf was named the Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Week once on the season.

 

As a junior in 2014, Malboeuf played in 87 sets in 26 matches. She recorded team-highs with 233 kills (2.68/set) and 23 blocks (.26/set), while also registering 221 digs (2.54/set), 32 service aces (.37/set), six assists (.07/set) and a .154 hitting percentage. She was named the Little East Offensive Player of the Week one time on the season.

 

As a sophomore in 2013, Malboeuf played in 91 sets in 29 matches and was the only member of the Anchorwomen to play in every single on the season. She totaled 173 kills (1.90/set), a .090 hitting percentage, eight assists (0.09/set), 16 service aces (0.18/set), 106 digs (1.16/set) and 26 blocks (0.29/set). Malboeuf led the team in kills, while ranking third in blocks and fifth in both aces and digs. She reached double-digit kills twice on the season and posted a season-high 20 digs in a win over Eastern Nazarene on Oct. 3. Malboeuf also tallied double-digit digs on three occasions and corralled a season-high 11 digs against Western Connecticut on Oct. 29. She dished out a season-high two assists twice, chalked up a season-high two aces twice and recorded a season-high three blocks twice on the year.

 

As a freshman in 2012, Malboeuf 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.

 

She is a nursing major and a 2012 graduate of Cumberland High School.

 

Senior right side hitter Morgan Stewart (Willington, CT) closed out her RIC career having played in 265 sets in 89 matches. She recorded 229 kills, 238 digs, 62 assists, 46 blocks and 29 service aces.

 

As a senior in 2015, Stewart played in 73 sets in 25 matches. She notched a .131 hitting percentage, 55 kills (.75/set), 45 digs (.62/set), 11 assists (.15/set), 23 blocks (.32/set) and 12 service aces (.16/set). Stewart recorded a season-high nine kills in a 3-2 victory over Plymouth State in the opening round of the LEC tournament on Nov. 3. She tallied a season-best 11 digs in a 3-0 setback against Wheaton on Sept. 2. Stewart recorded a season-high three service aces on two occasions.

 

As a junior in 2014, Stewart played in 88 sets in 26 matches. She notched 105 kills (1.19/set), a .125 hitting percentage, 25 assists (.28/set), 46 digs (.52/set) and 12 blocks (.14/set).

 

As a sophomore in 2013, she played in 85 sets in 28 matches. She totaled 62 kills (0.73/set), 18 assists (0.21/set), 16 service aces (0.19/set), 119 digs (1.40/set) and 10 blocks (0.12/set). Stewart ranked third on the team in digs and fifth on the squad in both kills and aces. She reached double-digit digs on three occasions and registered a season-high of 12 digs against Plymouth State on Sept. 21. Stewart tallied a season-high three aces against Western New England on Oct. 5 and also notched a season-high two blocks against UMass Dartmouth on Oct 8. She posted a season-high of seven kills twice on the year and dished out a season-high of three assists twice on the year as well.

 

As a freshman in 2012, Stewart 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.

 

Stewart is a nursing major and a 2012 graduate of E.O. Smith High School.

 

Junior libero Megan Armburg (Swansea, MA) played in 106 sets in 29 matches. She recorded four kills (.04/set), 27 assists (.25/set), 30 service aces (.28/set) and ranked second on the team with 322 digs (3.04/set).

 

Junior middle blocker Sierra Smith (Longmont, CO) played in 99 sets in 29 matches. She registered a .278 hitting percentage, 165 kills (1.67/set), eight assists (.08/set), 14 digs (.14/set) and 29 blocks (.29/set).

 

Junior defensive specialist Nicole Thibodeau (Loxahatchee, FL) played in 68 sets in 21 matches. She tallied one kill (.01/set), three assists (.04/set), 44 digs (.65/set) and 20 service aces (.29/set).

 

Sophomore setter Abigayl White (Coventry, RI) played in 103 sets in 28 matches. She recorded a .146 hitting percentage, 33 kills (.32/set), a team-high 881 assists (8.55/set), 217 digs (2.11/set), six blocks (.06/set) and 16 service aces (.16/set). With her 881 assists, White moved into fifth all-time in program history with 1,588 career assists.

 

Freshman defensive specialist Marissa Brynes (Warwick, RI) played in six sets in four matches. She recorded six digs (1.00/set).

 

Freshman defensive specialist Keely DiBiasio (Coventry, RI) played in 11 sets in five matches. She registered one assist (.09/set), eight digs (.73/set) and five service aces (.45/set).

 

Freshman middle blocker Emily Langlais (West Warwick, RI) played in 70 sets in 23 matches. She registered a .289 hitting percentage, 77 kills (1.10/set), six assists (.09/set), 16 digs (.23/set) and a team-high 41 blocks (.59/set).

 

Freshman middle blocker Samantha Silvia (Westport, MA) played in one set in one match. She registered one dig (1.00/set).

 

Freshman setter Cassia Spivey (East Providence, RI) played in 52 sets in 17 matches. She recorded four kills (.08/set), 79 assists (1.52/set), 87 digs (1.67/set), three blocks (.06/set) and 23 service aces (.44/set) while recording a .034 hitting percentage.

 

Freshman outside hitter Jillian Ward (Coventry, RI) played in 102 sets in 30 matches. She recorded a .130 hitting percentage, 164 kills (1.61/set), 38 assists (.37/set), 207 digs (2.03/set), 21 blocks (.21/set) and 35 service aces (.34). Ward was name the Little East Conference Rookie of the Week on two occasions.