KEENE, NH – The Western Connecticut State University women's volleyball team fell at Little East Conference foe Keene State, 3-0, before rebounding to edge non-league opponent Westfield State, 3-2, in a tri-match on Saturday afternoon. With the split, the Colonials moved to 13-4 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
In the opener versus the Owls, junior Nicolina Chenard (Ardsley, NY) pounded a team-high 14 kills en route to a .222 hitting percentage, while sophomore Abbi Debes (New Milford, CT) added a season-high seven block assists. However, the hosts were able to come away with narrow wins in each set, 25-20, 25-20, 25-23.
In the victory against Westfield State, Chenard tallied a match-high 25 kills, while classmate outside hitter Ali Brochu (Winsted, CT) chipped in with 21. They would finish with a .271 and .436 hitting percentage, respectively. Rookie setter Rory McMaster (Canton, MI) added a match-high 49 assists, while junior libero Victoria Alomar (New Haven, CT) racked up a match-high 26 digs to go along with four service aces for the Colonials.
"It was a disappointing league loss to Keene. We made a couple simple mistakes and our passing was inconsistent. The outcome could have been different had we made some plays," said WestConn head coach Don Ferguson. "But I was happy we got the win against a very talented Westfield State team," he added.
WestConn returns to action against visiting non-conference foe John Jay on Thursday at 7 p.m.