November 1, 2011



Stoermer & Boyer Lead Anchorwomen With 12 Kills Apiece

Keene, N.H.-Junior outside hitter Breanna Boyer (West Greenwich, RI) and freshman middle hitter Marina Stoermer (Seattle, WA) led the Rhode Island College women's volleyball team with 12 kills apiece as Keene State ended the Anchorwomen's season with a 3-1 (25-23, 20-25, 17-25, 17-25) setback in first round action of the 2011 Little East Conference Tournament played at Spaulding Gymnasium.


The Anchorwomen (16-13) opened the match with a two-point win, 25-23, in the first set, but the Owls (18-12) took the next three frames to advance in the tournament. Keene State will face second-seeded UMass Boston in semifinal action on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Plymouth State.



Freshman middle hitter Marina Stoermer


Boyer posted a double-double as she registered 10 digs. Stoermer added eight digs and three blocks. Junior setter Jessica Ho (Providence, RI) was credited with 33 assists and 17 digs, both team-highs. Freshman middle hitter Lauren Plante (Burrillville, RI) contributed nine kills and three digs.


The Owls, who were upset by the Anchorwomen in a first -round game in 2009, made a hitting error put RIC up 24-22 in the first set. Senior setter Laurie Whalen (Niantic, CT) flipped the ball over the RIC blockers to get the Owls within one point 24-23, but the Anchorwomen won the deciding point on a kill by Plante.



 Junior setter Jessica Ho


Keene State took over from there, riding the hitting of senior Bridget O’Bryant (Merrimack, NH), who finished with 25 kills, one shy of her school record. The Owls took a 22-16 lead on a kill by O’Bryant, who also got the last two points of the game in a 25-20 win by Keene State.


The Owls pulled away from the Anchorwomen midway in the third set on the way to posting a 25-17 win.  Senior Ellyse Davis’ (Londonderry, NH) put-back opened up a five point lead for KSC (17-12).  O’Bryant put the frame away, winning the final three points on kills.



 Junior right side hitter Rachel Perry and Stoermer attempt a block during the match.


Keene State held off the Anchorwomen in the fourth set, winning 25-17.  Nursing a 19-17 lead, KSC won the final six points on two service aces by freshman Sammy Dormio (Leesburg, VA) a RIC attack error, a kill by freshman Samantha Branning (Glastonbury, CT) and a ball-handling error by the Anchorwomen.


Davis complimented O’Bryant with 17 kills for a .531 hitting percentage.  She also had four blocks in the match.  Senior Kristen Girard (Red Hook, NH) added eight kills and 15 digs. Dormio had another strong game in the back row with 16 digs. It was the 400th career win for Keene State Head Coach Bob Weiner.