DANBURY, CT – Despite three players notching double figures in kills, the fourth-seeded Western Connecticut State University women's volleyball team saw its season come to an abrupt end with a 3-2 (25-15, 25-22, 15-25, 21-25, 15-13) loss to visiting fifth-seeded Rhode Island College in the Little East Conference Postseason Quarterfinal round on Tuesday night. With the loss, the Colonials concluded the season at 17-10 overall, while the Anchorwomen improved to 15-11 and advanced to the semifinal round where they will meet top-seeded host Eastern Connecticut on Friday evening.
Senior outside hitter Kamari King (East Hartford, CT) tallied a match-high 22 kills for the Colonials, while sophomores Nicolina Chenard (Ardsley, NY) and Ali Brochu (Winsted, CT) chipped in with 14 and 11, respectively. Senior setter Jenna Skerritt (Wolcott, CT) dished out a match-high 52 assists, while classmates Mikayla Aubry (Fresno, CA) and Jenna Pisano (Orange, CT) played stellar defense for the hosts.
Rookie Amelia Murphy (North Attleboro, MA) led the Anchorwomen with 16 kills, while sophomore Emilia Vaziri (Cranston, RI) knocked down 11. Senior libero Marisa Brynes (Cranston, RI) added a match-high 18 digs.
After downing RIC 3-1 just last week, WestConn got off to a sluggish start in the quarterfinal match, falling 25-15 in the opening set. The Colonials came to life late in the second set but the Anchorwomen managed to hold them off for a 25-22 win and 2-0 match advantage.
The third set was all WestConn as they tallied a .579 hitting percentage en route to a 25-15 win. The comeback continued in the fourth as the hosts were able to edge the visitors 25-21 setting up a dramatic fifth and final stanza.
Neither team would move ahead by more than two points in the neck-and-neck fifth. With the score knotted at 13-13, RIC junior Jessica Brielmaier (West Greenwich, RI) and sophomore Eden Anthony (Cranston, RI) combined for a block assist before Vaziri ended the match at 15-13 with a floor.
"We dug ourselves a big hole to start the match. It was just too much to overcome tonight," said WestConn head coach Don Ferguson following the heartbreaking loss. "Hopefully our underclassmen can learn from this experience," he concluded.