September 18, 2010



Providence, RI-Sophomore Kristen Girard (Tivoli, NY) and junior Bridget O’Bryant (Merrimack, NH) posted 27 and 26 kills, respectively, as Keene State won a pair of contests at a tri-match hosted by Rhode Island College on Saturday afternoon in collegiate women’s volleyball action.


The Owls (6-6, 1-0) earned their first Little East Conference win with a 3-1 (25-13, 25-16, 22-25, 25-14) victory over the Anchorwomen (6-8, 0-1) in the opening match. Girard led the way with 14 kills, followed closely by O’Bryant’s 12 winners. Senior libero Jamie Levine (Medfield, MA) had 29 digs and junior setter Laurie Whalen (Niantic, CT) handed out 38 assists.


RIC sophomore middle blocker Kalyn Archer (Warwick, RI) led the way for the hosts with 10 kills, while classmate outside hitter Breanna Boyer (West Greenwich, RI) posted seven kills and nine digs.



 Sophomore middle blocker Kalyn Archer 


Keene State then swept Westfield State (7-5) in non-conference action, 3-0 (25-21, 25- 15, 25-20). After winning the first two sets, Westfield State appeared to have staved off a sweep, holding a 20-14 lead in the third frame. KSC rattled off 11 straight points to put WSU away for good. O’Bryant had 14 kills and Girard was one off her pace. Whalen had 35 assists and Levine contributed 20 digs.


Westfield State junior outside hitter Alex Shaw (East Falmouth, MA) had eight kills and senior setter Kerin DeGirolamo (North Attleboro, MA) dished out 25 assists.


WSU sent the RIC faithful home unhappy with a 3-1 (25-18, 23-25, 25-19, 25-15) win to close out the day. Senior outside hitter Rachel Ryan (Westborough, MA) and Shaw led the way with 17 and 14 kills, respectively. Freshman libero Kayleigh Shea (Chelmsford, MA) and classmate outside hitter Julia Warner (Lee, MA) combined for 29 digs, while DeGirolamo handed out 46 assists.


Boyer and senior middle blocker Tess Heidel (Warwick, RI) had 10 kills apiece.


 Senior middle blocker Tess Heidel


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will travel to Lasell on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.