October 14, 2014



Providence, R.I.-Sophomore outside hitter Adrianna Mihalek (Woodbury, CT) notched 19 kills, while only committing two errors, to lead Eastern Connecticut past the Rhode Island College, 3-0 (27-25, 25-17, 25-17), in Little East Conference women’s volleyball action played at The Murray Center on Wednesday night.


The victory by the Warriors snaps the Anchorwomen’s four game winning streak.


Eastern Connecticut (12-10, 3-1 LEC) opened a 15-9 lead to start the first set before a 10-4 run by Rhode Island College (9-9, 2-2 LEC), capped by a Warrior attacking error, knotted the score at 19 apiece. A kill from freshman setter Abigayl White (Coventry, RI), off a feed from junior outside hitter Lauren Palazzini (Woonsocket, RI), made the score 21-20 Eastern heading into the home stretch.


The two teams traded points with each side having a chance to win the set. A kill by Mihalek off a feed from senior setter Allie Henry (Middletown, CT) gave the visitors a 26-25 lead and an attacking error on the Anchorwomen would give the first set to Eastern, 27-25.


The Anchorwomen jumped out to an early 5-1 lead in the second set on the strong serving of sophomore defensive specialist Nicole Thibodeau (Loxahatchee, FL). The score teams battled back and forth with neither opening a large lead until late in the set. With the score tied at 15-15, the Warriors went on a 10-2 run, capped by a kill from Mihalek, to take the second set, 25-17.



 Freshman setter Abigayl White


In the third set, a kill by sophomore outside hitter Hannah Bryant (Avon, CT) gave ECSU a six point lead, 16-10, before a 5-0 run by the Anchorwomen, capped by a White kill, brought the hosts to within one, 16-15. Mihalek proved to be too much down the stretch as the visitors used a 9-2 run to earn the 25-17 victory in the frame and secure the 3-0 shutout victory in the match.


White had exceptional match for the Anchorwomen, netting five kills, 14 assists and eight digs to go along with a .417 hitting percentage. Palazzini led the team with seven digs, while sophomore libero Megan Armburg (Swansea, MA) paced the squad with 10 digs.


Mihalek registered a match-high 19 kills with just two errors for a .515 hitting percentage. Henry led the Warriors with 31 assists and junior libero Allie Luppi (Tewksbury, MA) finished with a match-high 14 digs.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will travel to Emerson for a tri-match that includes the City College of New York on Saturday, Oct. 18 (noon).