Rhode Island College womens volleyball team had their four-match
winning streak snapped with a hard-fought, 3-1 (22-25, 25-23, 18-25,
20-25), setback against UMass Boston in a Little East Conference
contest played at the Murray Center on Friday night. The win in the
second set for the Anchorwomen marked the first time since Nov. 4,
2008 that RIC had taken a set from the Beacons.
HOW IT HAPPENED
In the opening set, the two teams battled back and forth with the
score knotted, 21-21. UMass Boston would pull away down the stretch
to take the three-point,25-22 win. RIC junior outside hitter
Jillian Ward (Coventry, RI) notched five kills, while senior
outside hitter Courtney Lambrese (Cranston, RI) added three
kills in the frame. Senior setter Abigayl White (Coventry, RI)
registered five assists and two dig. UMass Boston was led by junior
setter Rachel Maslach (Berlin Center, OH) with three kills,
four assists and two digs, while junior hitter Eileen Shi (San
Francisco, CA) notched four kills and two digs.
Once again the two teams traded
leads in the second set with UMB leading, 21-18, late. RIC responded
and outscored the Beacons, 7-2, down the stretch to take the 25-23
win in the set and even the match at 1-1. Lambrese and Ward paced
RIC with four kills in the set, with White notching eight assists
and four digs. Sophomore hitter Sarah Doyle (Glendale, CA)
notched three kills and three blocks in the frame for the visitors.
The third set saw UMB jump out to
a 7-2 start and never trail en route to the 25-18 win and 2-1
advantage in the match. Lambrese had five kills. Ward posted three
kills and two digs, while White handed out seven assists. Sophomore
hitter Emilia Czapiewska (St. Paul, MN) registered four kills
and two service aces in set for UMB.
RIC held a 17-16 lead in the fourth
set before UMass Boston rallied to earn a 25-20 win and the 3-1
victory in the contest. Shi paced the Beacons in the deciding set
with five kills, while Maslach notched six assists and two kills to
help wrap up the victory. Ward and Lambrese each had five kills
while White posted nine assists and four digs in the setback.
BY THE NUMBERS
Rhode Island College hit .066 (40-31-137) in the match. Ward
narrowly missed a double-double with 17 kills and nine digs.
Lambrese had 17 kills and three digs. White notched 29 assists and
The Beacons hit .141 (43-25-128) in
the victory. Shi tallied a team-high 12 kills and five digs, while
Czapiewska had 11 kills, seven digs and seven blocks. Maslach
recorded 17 assists and six digs.