October 10, 2013



Providence, R.I.-Senior outside hitter Amanda Cabral (Riverside, RI) chalked up 11 kills and seven digs, while sophomore right side hitter Lauren Palazzini (Woonsocket, RI) handed out 10 assists and added seven kills, to lead the Rhode Island College women’s volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-19) shutout victory over Salem State on Thursday night at The Murray Center.


Rhode Island College (2-19) fended off Salem State (2-9) in the first set, 25-20, led by the strong service game of sophomore outside hitter Michelle Malboeuf (Cumberland, RI). Although the Vikings jumped ahead of the Anchorwomen in the second set, 10-9, RIC responded by rattling off 11 unanswered points, sparked by junior libero Karla Santizo’s (Warwick, RI) excellent service game, to surge ahead of the visitors, 20-10. The Anchorwomen eventually put away Salem State, 25-14, in the second set, before closing out the Vikings with a 25-19 victory in the third and final set of the night.



 Senior Middle Hitter Amanda Cabral


Cabral hit .280 on the night and added a pair of aces and a block to go along with her team-high kill total, while sophomore setter Emma Cajthaml (El Cajon, CA) dished out a team-high 14 assists. Malboeuf posted five kills, three digs, two assists and one ace, while Santizo totaled seven digs, one kill, and one ace.


Freshman middle hitter Dara Johnson (Boston, MA) finished with six kills, four blocks, three digs and one ace, while hitting .300 along the way. Freshman defensive specialist Nicole Thibodeau (Loxahatchee, FL) recorded five digs off the bench.


The Vikings were paced by sophomore middle blocker Emily Peay (Lebanon, CT), who finished with 13 kills, four digs, two aces and one block. Senior setter Mackenzie Carpenter (Peabody, MA) compiled 22 assists and three digs, while senior outside hitter Jazmin Santos (Lawrence, MA) notched six kills, seven digs and one ace. Sophomore defensive specialist Kelsey Almeida (Somerset, MA) chipped in with six digs and two aces.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference action at Eastern Connecticut on Tuesday, Oct. 15 (7 p.m.).