September 3, 2008


Anchorwomen Fall in Season-Opener,
3-0, to Engineers


Cambridge, MA—The Rhode Island College women’s volleyball team fell, 3-0, (25-11, 25-9, 25-22) to MIT in their season-opening match on Wednesday evening. With the win the Engineers’ ledger improved to 4-0 while the Anchorwomen fall to 0-1.


Each side traded points to start the contest until MIT mounted a 13-3 run that resulted in a 16-6 advantage. RIC narrowed the gap to nine on two occasions, the last at 17-8, before the Engineers closed out the set by scoring eight of the final 11 points.


In the second stanza, the Anchorwomen used a service error and an ace to pull within one (4-3). MIT countered with a 19-3 run, including an eight-point serving stretch from Natasha Jensen, to put the set out of reach.


The Cardinal and Gray established a 17-9 lead in the final frame, but strong serving from RIC senior libero Jackie Gervais (Woonsocket, RI) narrowed the gap to two. MIT maintained its slight edge until a 4-1 spurt that featured a kill by junior outside hitter Sharon Corriveau (Coventry, RI) and an ace from freshman middle blocker Carly Pires (Newport, RI) evened the contest at 22. The Engineers responded with a side-out and a block by Evelyn Cordner and Emily Obert. A hitting miscue by RIC ended any hopes of extending the match.


Kelly Schulte posted a match-high 12 kills to go along with four digs for the Engineers. Jenny Li notched seven kills and two aces, while Barden Cleeland contributed a trio of kills and blocks. Jensen paced MIT with seven digs and two aces as Obert bolstered the defensive effort with four blocks. Alex May and Allison Hamilos each recorded three kills, while May added five digs. Lindsay Hunting compiled five digs and two aces as Cathy Melnikow dished out 16 assists in two games. Cordner tallied eight assists and four digs in the third set.


For the Anchorwomen, Corriveau led the way with eight kills, while junior outside hitter Kristen Johnson (East Providence, RI) chipped in with three winners. Sophomore setter Nicole Enos (Coventry, RI) handed out nine assists.



 Junior outside hitter Sharon Corriveau


In upcoming action, RIC will play at the Springfield Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 5-6.