October 31, 2012



Willimantic, Conn.-Senior outside hitter Breanna Boyer (West Greenwich, RI) recorded 16 kills to lead fifth-seeded Rhode Island College past fourth-seeded Eastern Connecticut, 3-0 (25-22, 32-30, 25-21), in first round action of the 2012 Little East Conference Women's Volleyball Tournament on Wednesday evening.


The Anchorwomen (14-15) advance to the semifinals to face top seed and tourney host UMass Boston on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Quincy High School. The Warriors (19-13) see their conference postseason run come to an end in the loss. ECSU had defeated RIC twice this fall, both by a 3-1 margin.



 Senior outside hitter Breanna Boyer


RIC had not won an LEC playoff game since defeating Keene State, 3-2, on Nov. 3, 2009. "The team played exceptionally well," Head Coach Elysce Tackmann said afterwards. "I am very proud of the effort enthusiasm and energy  our team had throughout the match."


Boyer had nine kills and a .368 attack percentage in the crucial second-set victory for Rhode Island and junior outside hitter Amanda Cabral (Riverside, RI) added five to account for nearly half of the Anchorwomen’s points in the set.


In the second set, Eastern took its first lead at 10-9 and had an opportunity to end the match after Samantha Browning’s kill put them within a point, 24-23. Rhode Island tied it and went ahead on consecutive Eastern attack errors,  but the Warriors managed to survive six straight set points. The visitors  went up 31-30 on freshman outside hitter Michelle Malboeuf’s (Cumberland, RI) kill and closed it out on Eastern’s attack error.



 Junior outside hitter Amanda Cabral


Rhode Island trailed throughout the first set – and by four points, 20-16 – before scoring four straight to finally pull even. After trailing 20-16, RIC outscored Eastern 9-2 the rest of the way. Cabral and Malboeuf each had four kills in the set for the winners, and senior setter Jessica Ho (Providence, RI) and freshman libero Jasmyn Starr (Gilford, NH) combined for 20 digs.


The Anchorwomen, who used only seven players on the evening, raced to a 12-3 start and survived a late Eastern rally to close out the third set.  Starr and Cabral combined for 13 digs in the deciding contest, and Eastern hurt its cause with 11 attack errors. 


Boyer led RIC in the match with 16 kills, Cabral adding 11 and freshman right side hitter Lauren Palazzini (Woonsocket, RI) seven. Ho had 33 assists and 12 digs, Starr 18 digs and Cabral 13. Palazzini also had three service aces. The Anchorwomen were charged with only one reception error.


Nicki Gash led Eastern with 12 kills, Bryann Kelly posted nine and Brooke Currant registered eight. Erynn Miller handled 24 serves with only two errors, Allie Luppi contributed 17 with just one miscue and Miller topped all players in the match with 21 digs. Danielle Bourne collected 18 digs and Jess Patrizi totaled nine digs and eight assists.  Shannon Burke had five blocks, Allie Henry had 20 assists.