September 26, 2013



Providence, R.I.-Senior middle hitter Amanda Cabral (Riverside, RI) compiled six kills, while junior libero Karla Santizo (Cranston, RI) registered seven digs in her first start of the season, as the Rhode Island College women’s volleyball team dropped a Little East Conference contest with UMass Boston, 3-0, on Thursday night at The Murray Center.


UMass Boston (7-7, 2-0 LEC) jumped out to an early lead in the first set and never looked back, closing out Rhode Island College (0-16, 0-2 LEC) in the first stanza of the night, 25-9. The Anchorwomen rallied in the second set to keep the margin tight, but eventually fell to the Beacons, 25-18, despite a strong service game from sophomore setter Lauren Palazzini (Woonsocket, RI). In the third set, UMass Boston withstood a late push from RIC to fend off the hosts, 25-12.



 Freshman Karla Santizo


The Beacons, who hit .280 as a team, were keyed by freshman middle hitter Julia Murphy (Canton, MA), who hit .526 and racked up 12 kills in the win. Freshman outside hitter Patsy Boland (Chicago, IL) added five kills on the night, while sophomore setter Emma Rocha (Boynton Beach, FL) led UMB with 17 assists.


UMass Boston, who finished with 14 service aces as a team, received four aces from freshman outside hitter Pepper Baker (Tallahassee, FL). Baker also chipped in with two kills and three digs. Senior outside hitter Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, CA) was one of three Beacons with a pair of aces on the day and also led the visitors in digs with eight.  


On the other end, RIC was led by Cabral, as her six kills, three digs, and one block paced the hosts. Sophomore outside hitter Michelle Malboeuf (Cumberland, RI) chalked up five kills and four digs, while Palazzini added four assists, four digs, one ace, and one block.


Sophomore setter Emma Cajthaml (El Cajon, CA) recorded a team-high six assists to go along with one ace and one kill. Sophomore middle hitter Adriana Ambari (Beacon Falls, CT) also tallied one ace, while chipping in with two kills, one dig, and one block.  


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College hosts Eastern Nazarene at The Murray Center on Thursday, Oct. 3 (7 p.m.).