DANBURY, CT – After a pair of shutout victories on Saturday, the Western Connecticut State University women's volleyball team was edged at home, falling to non-conference opponent SUNY New Paltz, 3-0 (25-23, 25-13, 25-23) on Tuesday evening. Sophomore Nicolina Chenard (Ardsley, NY) paced the Colonials with 10 kills, while senior Kamari King (East Hartford, CT) chipped in with eight. Junior Madison Van Pelt (Montgomery, NY) led the Hawks with a match-high 11 floors, while senior Meredith Dignan (Millbrook, NY) dished out 28 assists.
The hosts held a 12-8 lead in the opening set capped with a King kill off a feed from classmate Jenna Skerritt (Wolcott, CT). However, the visitors rallied to even the score at 18-18 before capturing a 19-18 advantage on a Colonial attack error. They would not relinquish the lead as senior Taylor Cimillo (Monsey, NY) wrapped up the 25-23 win with a floor.
After a second set lapse, the Colonials again held a commanding 12-5 lead in the third. But, yet again, the Hawks put together another run to cut the deficit to 13-11. New Paltz eventually captured the advantage at 16-15. WestConn battled back to regain a 22-21 lead when King smashed another kill. The visitors responded with a spurt to close out the match rounded out with a Van Pelt floor.
"New Paltz is a regionally strong team that pushes us to improve and we like having them on our schedule," said WestConn head coach Don Ferguson following the defeat. "Overall, we played well if you disregard the second set in which we committed some costly errors. I was happy with the way we responded in the third but the Hawks just made a few more plays to come out ahead of us," he concluded.
With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 6-6 overall while New Paltz improved to 11-3. WestConn returns to action for a tri-match on Saturday when they host Little East Conference foe UMass-Dartmouth at Noon before a non-league tilt with Mount St. Vincent at 4 p.m.