October 15, 2013



Willimantic, Conn.-Sophomore outside hitter Michelle Malboeuf (Cumberland, RI) posted five kills and five digs as Rhode Island College fell to Eastern Connecticut, 3-0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-16), in Little East Conference women's volleyball action on Tuesday night at Geissler Gymnasium.


RIC (2-20, 0-4 LEC) senior middle hitter Amanda Cabral (Riverside, RI) registered a team-high seven digs to go along with three winners.


Sophomore middle hitter Adriana Ambari (Beacon Falls, CT) and classmate outside hitter Lauren Palazzini (Woonsocket, RI) each had three kills. Palazzini added six digs and four assists.



 Sophomore outside hitter Michelle Malboeuf


After easing to the first-set victory, Eastern (11-11, 3-2 LEC) scored five straight points to pull away from a one-point lead midway through  the second set, then scored four straight points after allowing the first point of the third set in defeating the Anchorwomen for the  fifth time in the last six meetings. 


Behind the serving of sophomore setter  Emma Cajthaml (El Cajon, CA), Rhode Island bounced back from an early four-point Eastern lead in the second set to tie the match at 11-all on an Eastern service error. Soon after, the hosts put together a string of  five straight points to pull away.  Freshman Kay Mullen (Fairhaven, MA) had a kill and block assists in that stretch, junior Jess Patrizi (Beacon Falls, CT) two service aces, senior Nicki Gasch (New Fairfield, CT) a kill, and freshman Amanda Tyler (Longmeadow, MA) a block assist.  


Led by Gasch and freshman Adrianna Mihalek (Woodbury, CT), Eastern attacked at .263. Gasch had a team-high nine kills and .368 attack percentage, Mihalek eight kills and a .421 percentage. Patrizi served five of the Warriors' ten service aces and picked up 14 assists, and senior Erynn Miller (Stratford, CT) recorded nearly half of the team's digs by collecting 24 - her third-highest total of the year and most in a three-set match this season.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will take part in the Rhody Four Tournament, hosted by Johnson & Wales on Friday, Oct. 18 (5 p.m.).