August 25, 2016



Providence, R.I.-Now in his third season as the head women’s volleyball coach at Rhode Island College, Leo Bush has the Anchorwomen back among the leaders of the Little East Conference. The squad reached the semifinals of the conference tournament last season and a solid mix of returning veterans and talented newcomers will once again have the team poised for a run at the league crown.  


“We have three players that have been starters their whole careers,” said Bush.  “Our returners have provided a solid foundation for the rebuilding of our program.”


Junior libero Megan Armburg (Swansea, MA) was second on the team and among the LEC leaders in digs at 3.04 per set.  Fellow senior setter Abigayl White (Coventry, RI) setter enters the season ranked fifth on the school’s all-time career assist list and led the team with 8.55 assists per set during her junior campaign.   



 Senior libero Megan Armburg


Junior middle blocker Sierra Smith (Longmont, CO) posted  an impressive .278 hitting percentage with 1.67 kills per set for the Anchorwomen last fall. Rounding out the returning starters is sophomore outside hitter Jillian Ward (Coventry, RI) who one of only two players to appear in all 30 matches and one of the top newcomers in the Little East Conference last season.  Senior Nicole Thibodeau (Loxahatchee, FL) and sophomore Marissa Brynes (Warwick, RI) will be counted on to provide depth to the team’s lineup this season.


In addition to the solid core of returnees, several impressive newcomers have Bush excited for the new year.  “We’ve got a very large class coming in, including a number of girls that earned All-State in high school and a solid transfer in Courtney Lambrese from the University of New England,” said Bush. “With the size of our roster and quality of depth, we have some flexibility to have many different rotations and lineups throughout the year.”


RIC will open the season on Friday, Sept. 2 when they travel to the Brandeis Tournament (6:00 p.m.). The Anchorwomen will see their first home action of the year on Thursday, Sept. 6 when they host Curry in a non-conference contest at the Murray Center (6:00 p.m.).  Little East Conference action gets underway on Saturday, Sept. 17 when the Anchorwomen entertain Southern Maine as part of a tri-match with Becker at 11:00 a.m.