October 21, 2014



Providence, R.I.-Junior outside hitter Lauren Palazzini (Woonsocket, RI) knocked down a team-high eight kills and classmate middle hitter Michelle Malboeuf (Cumberland, RI) recorded seven kills and a match high 23 digs as the Rhode Island College women’s volleyball team fell to cross-town rival Johnson & Wales, 3-1 (25-23, 9-25, 17-25, 18-25), at the Wildcat Center on Tuesday night.


Johnson & Wales (11-14) opened the first set on a 9-0 run on the hot serving of freshman Libero Julianna Zaharias (Long Beach, NY). The Anchorwomen (10-11) pulled to within three, 13-10, after a 6-0 run capped by a block from Malboeuf and sophomore middle hitter Sierra Smith (Longmont, CO). The Wildcats held the advantage until an attacking error by JWU gave the Anchorwomen their first lead of the night, 22-21. The two teams traded points until an attacking error by the Wildcats gave RIC the victory, 25-23.


The second set saw JWU open another big lead early, 6-0, with junior outside hitter Paula Cadavid (Pawtucket, RI) recording three kills during the streak. A kill by Palazzini put the Anchorwomen within five, 6-1, but the Wildcats proved to be too much, using a 19-7 run to take the second set in commanding fashion, 25-8.


The third set saw the Anchorwomen keep it close early, with a kill by Palazzini off a feed from freshman setter Abigayl White (Coventry, RI) knotting the score at 3-3. Back-to-back aces by sophomore libero Megan Armburg (Swansea, MA) put the score at 19-10 Wildcats, but the lead proved to be too much as the Wildcats took the 2-1 lead with a 25-17 victory.


RIC opened the fourth set with a 5-1 run, capped by a Malboeuf kill off a feed from White. The teams went back and forth with a ball handling error by the Wildcats pushing the RIC lead to 15-12. The Anchorwomen held the 16-15 lead, but a block by Wildcat senior outside hitter Alyssa Drapeau (Biddeford, ME) and classmate middle blocker Lauren Cordts (Amherst, NH) capped a 5-0 run as JWU took a 20-16 lead. The Wildcats finished off the set and match on a 5-2 run, taking the match 3-1.


 The Anchorwomen were led by Malboeuf’s seven kills and 23 digs, while Palazzini registered a team-high eight kills and 12 digs. White finished with a team-best 26 assists.


 The Wildcats were led by Cadavid and Cordts, who tallied 11 kills each. Drapeau did it all, finishing with eight kills, 10 assists, 12 digs and three blocks for JWU.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference action at home against Southern Maine on Saturday, Oct. 25 (1 p.m.).