October 11, 2016



Danbury, Conn.-The Rhode Island College women’s volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (10-25, 15-25, 18-25) decision against Western Connecticut in a Little East Conference contest played at Feldman Arena on Tuesday evening.


The first set had Western Connecticut (12-9, 1-3 LEC) race out to the 12-5 advantage and force a Rhode Island College (7-9, 0-4 LEC) timeout after a kill by sophomore outside hitter Kamari King (East Hartford, CT).  The host Colonials closed out the set on a 13-5 run when a RIC service error led to the 25-10 win.  WCSU hit an impressive .591 hitting percentage (14 kills, 1 error, 22 attacks) in the first set.


In the second set, after some back and forth action in the beginning, Western Connecticut used a 6-2 run, capped by a kill by senior outside hitter Karissa Smith (Bristol, CT), to take the 14-7 lead. The Colonials capitalized on a hitting error by the Anchorwomen to take their first double-digit lead of the set, 20-10, before cruising to the 25-15 win and build a 2-0 advantage in the match.



Junior middle blocker Sierra Smith


The third set again saw some early back and forth action with the set tied, 9-9, on a kill by RIC junior setter Abigayl White (Coventry, RI).  Western Connecticut then used an 11-4 run, capped by a kill by Smith, for the 20-13 lead.  The Colonials then closed out the set for the 25-18 win en route to the 3-0 victory for the match.


Rhode Island College was paced by sophomore outside hitter Jillian Ward (Coventry, RI) with 10 kills and five digs, while junior middle blocker Sierra Smith (Longmont, CO) notched 10 kills and three digs for the Anchorwomen.  White recorded 22 set assists with seven digs, while sophomore defensive specialist Marissa Byrnes (Warwick, RI) registered a team-best 12 digs in the setback.


Smith paced Western Connecticut with a double-double, tallying 15 kills with 14 digs, while King added 11 kills and three digs. Senior setter Danielle Kaminski (Southington, CT) notched 35 set assists and sophomore libero Jenna Pisano (Orange, CT) posted 14 digs in the victory.


In upcoming action, the Anchorwomen will host Worcester State at The Murray Center on Thursday, Oct. 13 (6 p.m.)