September 15, 2012



Providence, R.I.-Led by 58 assists and a team-high 19 digs from senior setter Jessica Ho (Providence, RI), the Rhode Island College womenís volleyball team split a pair of matches on Saturday afternoon at The Murray Center. The Anchorwomen lost to Keene State, 3-0 (22-25, 19-25, 22-25), in the Little East Conference opener for both squads, but rebounded to knock off Westfield State, 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-19), in the final match of the afternoon.


Keene State (5-5, 1-0 LEC) stormed past RIC (2-8, 0-1 LEC) in the first match of the afternoon in three straight sets behind nine kills and a team-high 18 digs from sophomore libero Sammy Dormio (Leesburg, VA). Freshman outside hitter Angela Silveri (Poughquag, NY) tacked on nine kills and a team-high four aces, while freshman middle blocker Kaylee Deluga (Barnstable, MA) added eight kills and a team-leading four blocks.



 Junior outside hitter Amanda Cabral


For the Anchorwomen, senior outside hitter Breanna Boyer (West Greenwich, RI) led the way with a match-high 12 kills to go along with eight digs, while Ho tallied 29 assists and nine digs.


In the second match of the afternoon, Keene State again cruised to a 3-0 victory (25-16, 25-13, 26-24), this time over Westfield State (1-9). Freshman setter Haley Willumsen (Shelter Island, NY) dished out 18 assists to lead KSC, while sophomore outside hitter Samantha Branning (Glastonbury, CT) led the match with nine kills. On the other end, Westfield State was led by junior outside hitter Julia Warner (Lee, MA), who finished with eight kills and 12 digs.


Rhode Island College rebounded in the final match of the day to salvage a split after topping Westfield State in three sets. Junior outside hitter Amanda Cabral (Riverside, RI) set the tone for the Anchorwomen with her 12 kills, while Ho handed out 29 helpers for the second straight match. Meanwhile, Boyer notched five kills, four aces and nine digs to highlight RICís afternoon. Westfield State was led by freshman setter Stana Wheeler (Sunderland, MA), who dished out 12 assists, while Warner registered seven kills and 11 digs.



 Senior setter Jessica Ho


Dormio posted a total of 14 kills and 27 digs to guide Keene State to a pair of victories, while Branning added 14 total kills and three blocks. Willumsen finished with 38 assists on the day, while Deluga chipped in with 13 kills, nine digs and four blocks.


Aside from Hoís standout performance on the afternoon, RIC was aided by 20 kills, 10 digs, five aces and three blocks from Cabral. Boyer totaled 17 kills, 19 digs, five aces and a pair of blocks, while freshman libero Jasmyn Starr (Gilford, NH) finished with 17 digs and a pair of aces.


Warner paced Westfield State on the day with a total of 23 digs and 15 kills.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will travel to Lasell on Monday, Sept. 17 (7 p.m.).