posted on: Thursday October 7, 2010
Alexis Smith ’12 / Sports Staff
The Volleyball Team racked up a couple of wins this week over the University of Rhode Island on Tuesday, and over Hartford in its first win as a member of the America East Conference on Sunday.
Providence played an extremely competitive match against Rhode Island, who is a perennial local powerhouse. The junior trio of Lauren Fletcher ’12, Shelagh Dolan ’12, and Carly Morrison ’12 gave the match everything they had and tipped the balance in the Friars’ favor. Providence won in five sets. This win was the icing on the cake after PC’s first America East Conference win on Sunday.
“The beginning of our America East season has been exciting,” said Head Coach Margot Royer-Johnson. “We did not play as well as we hoped versus Stony Brook in our home opener.”
Providence took down Hartford in straight-sets, 25-20, 25-20, 25-18. In beating Rhode Island in a heated five-set win, the Friars improved to 9-12 on the season. But for them, their .500 in-conference mark is good news.
“Our team is so excited about being in the America East Conference for the first time,” said Lauren Hendel ’12.
At the game against Hartford, the Friars were led by Fletcher, who notched 13 kills while hitting at a .310 clip. Dolan and Hendel also had solid days swinging, picking up 10 and seven kills, respectively. Morrison had an impressive afternoon, picking up 31 assists while adding seven digs. Cassie Muzzonigro ’13 recorded 11 digs and notched three service aces.
Hartford was led by Kami Nethersole, who picked up 11 kills. Setter Lindsay Ford recorded 24 assists, while also leading the back row with 10 digs.
The first set looked like it might go beyond 25 points, as it featured nine ties and five lead changes. The Friars had great leads from Fletcher who had five kills, and Hendel, who had four. Late in the set, with Providence trailing 17-19, a ball handling error forced Coach Royer-Johnson to take a timeout. The Friars responded behind the service game of Muzzonigro. Kills by Fletcher and Hendel and an ace by Muzzonigro put Providence up 23-19. A kill by Fletcher helped to seal the set at 25-20.
The second set ended with the same 25-20 final score, but this time there was only one lead change. After Hartford built a 15-10 lead, the Friars responded to another timeout by Royer-Johnson. After trading a few points, Muzzonigro came to the service line with Providence down 18-14. By the time she was finished, the Friars had forced the set’s only lead change by taking seven straight points, which was good for a 21-18 lead. Providence held on to take the set with a final score of 25-20 again winning it on a Fletcher kill.
The third set was also tight through most of the frame, featuring 10 ties. Dolan led the squad with four kills in the set. The final tie of the set was at 17-17, when it was again the service game of Muzzonigro taking the Friars on a run. This time, Muzzonigro’s five-straight points, including two service aces, put her squad up 24-17. The Friars sealed the deal with another Fletcher kill which took the frame to 25-18.
For the previous game, the Friars did not have the same drive. They dropped their inaugural conference match against Stony Brook in straight-sets, 17-25, 24-26, 19-25. Providence was led by Fletcher and Hendel. Fletcher had a team-high eight kills, while Hendel added another seven for the team. Muzzonigro led the defense with 12 digs, while co-captain Emily Morris ’11 added nine. Morrison picked up nineteen assists.
“The game versus Stony Brook did not display our true talent as a team, but fortunately we were able to bounce back to defeat Hartford,” said Hendel.
The Friars struggled out of the gate in the first set, notching only six kills while committing six errors. The Seawolves led the whole way, keyed by five kills, and took the set 25-17.
In the second set, the Friars continued to struggle. It featured eight ties and four lead changes. Stony Brook took the set with a score of 26-24. They also took the final set, with a score of 25-19. The Friars will be back on the court on Friday, Oct. 8, to face the University of Albany in New York.