October 7, 2014



North Dartmouth, Mass.-Junior middle hitter Michelle Malboeuf (Cumberland, RI) recorded a team-high 13 kills and 20 digs, while freshman setter Abigayl White (Coventry, RI) had two kills and a team high 37 assists, as the Rhode Island College women’s volleyball team topped UMass Dartmouth, 3-1 (25-14, 25-19, 22-25, 25-21), in Little East Conference action on Tuesday night.


RIC (8-8, 2-1 LEC) jumped out to an early, 12-2, lead in the first set over the host Corsairs (8-10, 0-3 LEC) on the serving of junior right side hitter Hannah Cole (Coventry, RI). A Malboeuf hitting error would cut the lead to eight, 19-11, but that would be as close as UMD would get as RIC won the first set, 25-14.



 Junior middle hitter Michelle Malboeuf


The second set saw the teams go back and forth late in the frame with a kill by Corsair junior middle blocker Shannon Orton (Swansea, MA) to knot the score at 18-all. A quick 5-0 RIC run, capped by a block from junior outside hitter Lauren Palazzini (Woonsocket, RI) and sophomore middle hitter Sierra Smith (Longmont, CO), pushed the Anchorwomen lead to 23-18. The Corsairs couldn’t mount a comeback as Rhode Island College took the second set, 25-19.


The Anchorwomen opened an 8-3 lead in the third set on back-to-back hitting errors by UMD. RIC looked to take the match in straight sets when White set up Palazzini to give the Anchorwomen the 20-16 lead. UMD battled back with junior outside hitter Jasmine Burris (New Bedford, MA) recording three timely kills, with assists going to sophomore setter Christina Spinazola (Medway, MA), to give the Corsairs the 25-22 victory.


The fourth set saw another tightly contested battle with a late attacking error on the Corsairs pushing the RIC lead to 24-20. The teams traded errors to close out the night with the Anchorwomen taking the fourth set, 25-21, and the 3-1 victory on the night.


Palazinni finished with seven kills and 14 digs, while sophomore Megan Armburg (Swansea, MA) led the team with four service aces. The Corsairs were led by Burris’ 12 kills and 19 digs, while Spinazola finished with a team high 28 assists.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Salem State on Thursday, Oct. 9 (7 p.m.).