August 26, 2010



Providence, RI—The Rhode Island College women’s volleyball team has been picked to finish sixth in the annual Little East Conference preseason coaches’ poll. UMass Boston, last year’s regular season and tournament champions, received seven of a possible eight first place votes to earn the top spot.


Head Coach Luis Carvalho’s team is coming off an 18-19 season in 2009 which saw the club go 3-4 (fifth place) vs. Little East Conference competition. Carvalho, who was named the league’s Coach of the Year, saw his club improve by 10 wins from the 2008 (8-23) campaign.



 Head Coach Luis Carvalho


Outside hitter Tess Heidel (Warwick, RI) is the lone senior on the team. Last season, she played in 113 games in 37 matches. She totaled 175 kills (1.6/game), a .137 hitting percentage, 56 service aces (.50/game), 142 digs (1.3/game) and 93 blocks (.82/game). Heidel ranked first on the team in service aces, second in blocks and fifth in both kills and digs.  



 Senior outside hitter Tess Heidel


Offensively, Carvalho will look to sophomore outside hitter Breanna Boyer (West Greenwich, RI) who was named Second Team All-Little East in 2009. She played in 129 games in 37 matches, totaling 388 kills (3.0/game), a .243 hitting percentage, 19 service aces (.15/game), 304 digs (2.36/game) and 54 blocks (.42/game). Boyer ranked first on the team in kills, second in both hitting percentage and digs, fourth in service aces and was fifth in blocks. She was named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Week once and to the Regis College and Wheaton Invitational All-Tournament Teams.



 Sophomore outside hitter Breanna Boyer


Another player to watch is sophomore middle blocker Kalyn Archer (Warwick, RI) She totaled 210 kills (1.7/game), a .261 hitting percentage, 40 service aces (.31/game) and 148 blocks (1.17/game) last fall. Archer ranked first on the team in both blocks and hitting percentage and was second in both kills and service aces.



 Sophomore middle blocker Kalyn Archer


 The Anchorwomen open the 2010 campaign at Wheaton on Thursday, Sept. 2.