September 24, 2013



Providence, R.I.-Despite sophomore outside hitter Michelle Malboeuf’s (Cumberland, RI) eight kills and seven digs, the Rhode Island College women’s volleyball team fell to Emmanuel College, 3-0, on Tuesday night in non-conference action at the Jean Yawkey Center.


Emmanuel (8-8) used a balanced offensive attack to defeat Rhode Island College (0-15) in three sets (25-10, 25-9, 25-20), marking just the second time in program history the Saints have knocked off the Anchorwomen.


Emmanuel jumped out to a 7-0 lead to open the match behind the strong service game of junior outside hitter Christine Durkee (Salem, CT). Later in the frame, a service ace from sophomore setter Shannon Dudley (Morro Bay, CA) gave EC a commanding 18-3 lead before Malboeuf slammed home a kill for RIC to stop the bleeding. Although the momentum began to swing RIC’s direction, it was too late for the visitors as the Saints held on for a 25-10 first set win.



 Sophomore outside hitter Michelle Malboeuf


The second set kicked off much like the first frame as EC raced out to a 6-0 lead, this time behind a strong service run from sophomore middle hitter Brittany Tutalo (Johnston, RI). The Anchorwomen were never able to get anything going offensively in this set, while the hosts swung away at a .423 clip, connecting on 12 kills on 26 attempts en route to a 25-9 win.


The Anchorwomen showed a lot of fight in the third set, keeping the action tight the entire way. Midway through the stanza, a kill from RIC senior middle Amanda Cabral (Riverside, RI) evened the score at 12-12. Later in the action, an EC service error again locked the score, this time at 20-20. However, an Anchorwomen service error gave them the ball right back and a strong service game to by freshman outside hitter Cassie Chruscielski (Duluth, MN) closed out the set, 25-20.


Chruscielski ended the night with a game-high 11 kills and five aces for Emmanuel while freshman middle hitter Kaitlyn Atkinson (Brookline, NH) chipped in with nine kills. Dudley dished out a game-high 14 assists, while freshman setter Sophie Fish (North Attleboro, MA) collected seven assists in the third set. The Saints connected on 16 services aces as a team.


Aside from Malboeuf’s strong outing, sophomore outside hitter Lauren Palazzini (Woonsocket, RI) recorded 13 assists and four aces to pace the Anchorwomen. Cabral tacked on four kills and seven digs, while sophomore right side hitter Adriana Ambari (Beacon Falls, CT) posted three kills, three aces and two digs.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference action at home against UMass Boston on Thursday, Sept. 26 (6 p.m.).