November 1, 2004


Sherri Heard Earns Little East Conference Womenís Volleyball Rookie of the Week Honors For Second Time This Season


Providence, RIóRhode Island College freshman middle hitter Sherri Heard (Coventry, RI) was named the Little East Conference Womenís Volleyball Rookie of the Week for her performance last week. This is the second time this fall Heard has earned this honor.


Heard had eight kills, six blocks, two service aces and two digs in RICís come-from-behind, 3-2, win over Connecticut College on Oct. 27. For the season, she has 220 kills (1.83/game), a .220 hitting percentage, 51 service aces (0.43/game) six assists (0.05/game) and 68 blocks (0.57/game).


She is a physical education major and a 2004 graduate of Coventry High school.



RIC captured the Little East Conference regular season title, the first in the programís history, by taking two matches at a Little East Conference Round Robin on Saturday, Oct. 23. RIC defeated Plymouth State and Southern Maine, both by a score of 3-0, to finish with a 5-2 mark in the LEC.






There was a four-way tie for first, with Western Connecticut, Plymouth State, Eastern Connecticut and RIC all posting equal marks in conference play. RIC beat WCSU and PSU head-to-head and owned tie-breakers over ECSU.






The Anchorwomen will be the number one seed and host the 2004 Little East Conference Womenís Volleyball Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5-6. RIC will play the winner of the fifth-seeded UMass-Dartmouth vs. fourth-seeded Eastern Connecticut match, which will be played on Nov. 3, on Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Second-seeded Western Connecticut will play the winner of the sixth-seeded Keene State vs. third-seeded Plymouth State match, which is also played on Nov. 3, on Nov. 5 at 5:30. The tournament winner gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Div. III Tournament. The championship match will be played on Nov. 6 at 1 p.m.






RIC completed the 2004 season with a 17-15 overall record, and has the most wins for the program in a season since the 1991 squad went 16-14. The Anchorwomen have posted a winning record only once in the last seven years (13-11, 2000).