October 20, 2009



Middletown, CT—Freshman outside hitter Breanna Boyer (West Greenwich, RI) recorded a team-high 10 digs, but it wasn't enough to help the Rhode Island College women's volleyball team in a 3-0 loss at Wesleyan on Tuesday evening.



 Freshman outside hitter Breanna Boyer


Wesleyan started strong in the opening set tonight, moving ahead 3-0, but RIC recovered to forge a 6-6 tie, then pulled into the lead for the middle portion of the set, holding as much as a four-point edge at 12-8. Wesleyan rallied to tie at 18-18 and outscored RIC, 7-2, down the stretch to claim the opening frame, 25-20. 


 In set two, RIC assumed early control with a 4-0 lead but the Cardinals caught the Anchorwomen and took their first lead of the set, 7-6.  Wesleyan extended the margin to as much as six at 18-12 and held that margin just about to the final whistle at 25-19.


 The third set became all Wesleyan after the Cardinals broke a 4-4 tie with six consecutive points for a 10-4 lead.  The advantage grew to 11 at 18-7.  Though RIC got as close as seven at 19-12, Wesleyan used a 6-2 run at the end to close out the match with a 25-14 decision.


 Wesleyan improves to 9-12, while RIC falls to 16-14.


RIC junior opposite April Oberhelman (Woonsocket, RI) have six kills and a team-high 13 digs, while senior outside hitter Sharon Corriveau (Coventry, RI) contributed four winners and eight digs.


 Wesleyan continued is mastery of Rhode Island College on the volleyball court as the Cardinals won for the 10th time in the last 11 meetings and for the ninth time by a 3-0 count. Wesleyan holds a 17-8 overall lead in the series that started in 1985, Wesleyan‘s second varsity season, and the teams split the opening 14 matches before Wesleyan began its current streak in 2000 with 10 wins this century.


Statistically, Wesleyan got 12 kills and nine digs from sophomore Casey Reed while sophomore Alissa Santucci generated eight kills.  Senior Ellie Healy tossed up 33 assists and junior libero Ruby Hernandez was on the end of 21 digs.  Up front, freshman Laura Volgenau led the way with five blocks.


 In upcoming action, the Anchorwomen will resume Little East Conference action at Southern Maine with Keene State on Saturday, Oct. 24.