October 22, 2016



Providence, R.I.-The Rhode Island College women’s volleyball squad dropped a hard fought, 3-2 (19-25, 25-19, 19-25, 25-20, 11-15), decision against Plymouth State in a Little East Conference contest played at the Murray Center on Saturday afternoon.


The match was the final home game for senior libero Megan Armburg (Swansea, MA) and senior defensive specialist Nicole Thibodeau (Loxahatchee, FL).



 Seniors Nicole Thibodeau and Megan Armburg along with their families.


RIC (9-13, 0-6 LEC) was led by sophomore outside hitter Jillian Ward (Coventry, RI), who tallied a double-double with 15 kills and 19 digs, while junior outside hitter Courtney Lambrese (Cranston, RI) tallied 15 kills with three digs in the setback.  Junior setter Abigayl White (Coventry, RI) also recorded a double-double with 36 assists and 11 digs, while sophomore middle blocker Hannah Derefaka (West Warwick, RI) notched two kills, five digs and four blocks. Armburg finished with a team-best 24 digs for the Anchorwomen.


Leading the way for Plymouth State (17-10, 5-1 LEC) was senior middle blocker Brianna Wojtas (Salem, NH) with 14 kills, four digs and five blocks, while senior outside hitter Dani Tabor (Seattle, WA) contributed 14 kills, two digs and three blocks. Junior setter Megan Bailey (Canterbury, NH) had a double-double with 36 assists and 11 digs, while junior defensive Brenna Peruch (Cave Creek, AZ) recorded a match-high 27 digs.


In the first set, Plymouth State jumped out to the early, 13-7, lead after a service ace by Bailey forced a RIC timeout. The visiting Panthers led by as many as 10 points when a kill by junior defensive specialist Grace Sporer (Medford, OR) made the score 22-12.  Plymouth State then took the 25-19 win in the set for the 1-0 advantage.


RIC responded in the second set and held a 14-9 lead on a kill by Lambrese. The Anchorwomen led by as many as seven points down the stretch before taking the 25-19 win in the set to even the contest at 1-1.


The back and forth action continued in the third set with the score knotted, 12-12.  Plymouth State then used a 6-1 run, capped by a kill from Wojtas for the 18-13 lead.  The Panthers had a five-point advantage several times late in the third set before taking the 25-19 win and the 2-1 lead in the contest.


Once again the Anchorwomen responded and held an 18-14 lead in the fourth set, capped by a kill by freshman right side hitter Jacqueline Jutras (Foster, RI) to force a Plymouth State timeout. RIC took the 25-20 win in the set to knot the match at 2-2 and force a fifth and deciding set.


In the fifth set, it was all Plymouth State early on as the Panthers raced out to the early 7-1 advantage after a RIC attacking error.  RIC climbed back and closed the gap to 8-6 on a kill by Jutras. That would be as close as the Anchorwomen would get, however, as Plymouth State pulled away down the stretch en route to the 15-11 win in the set to seal the 3-2 match victory.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference play at UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday, Oct. 25 (7 p.m.).