September 18, 2014



Providence, R.I.-Worcester State senior outside hitter Alyssa Jasper (Rockland, MA) recorded a double-double with 27 kills and 22 digs, while Rhode Island College junior middle hitter Michelle Malboeuf (Cumberland, RI) recorded 15 kills, as the Lancers came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat their hosts, 3-2 (30-32, 24-26, 25-14, 25-16, 15-10), in womenís volleyball action at The Murray Center on Thursday night.


Rhode Island College (2-6) jumped out to a 9-6 lead in the first set when freshman setter Abigayl White (Coventry, RI) set up Malboeuf for the kill. After trading points, Worcester State (8-2) tied the game at 12-all, and the two teams traded points for what ended up being a marathon set. A service error for the Lancers put the Anchorwomen up 31-30 and a hitting error on the ensuing RIC serve led to a 32-30 first set victory for the hosts.



 Junior middle hitter Michelle Malboeuf


The second set saw the Anchorwomen on the brink of a loss when Jasper killed a pass from senior setter Amanda Lewis (Poughkeepsie, NY) to put the Lancers up 23-21. The Anchorwomen rallied back and took the lead for good when Malboeuf took a feed from White to give RIC the 25-24 lead. The next play saw Malboeuf and sophomore middle hitter Dara Johnson (Boston, MA) block a Jasper attack for the 26-24 victory.


The third and fourth sets saw the Lancers break out to an early lead and hold on for the victories with scores of 25-14 and 25-16, respectively. The fifth set saw the Lancers take the momentum they had gained in sets three and four and harness it to open up a 13-9 lead on an attack error. A service error on the Lancers drew the score to within three, 13-10, but another kill by Jasper and an attacking error by the Anchorwomen put a stamp on the visitorís comeback.


The Anchorwomen were paced by Malboeuf, who recorded a kills and digs double-double with 15 and 10, respectively. Junior outside hitter Lauren Palazzini (Woonsocket, RI) also recorded a double-double with 10 kills and 16 digs. White led the team with 47 assists. Jasper recorded 27 kills and 22 digs, while Lewis tallied 42 assists and 10 digs in Lancers victory.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Mitchell on Saturday, Sept. 20 (1 p.m.).