DANBURY, CT – Junior Nicolina Chenard (Ardsley, NY) racked up a match-high 20 kills but the Western Connecticut State University women's volleyball squad suffered a 3-2 (25-12, 23-25, 20-25, 25-21, 24-22) loss to visiting Little East Conference foe Plymouth State University on Saturday afternoon at Feldman Arena. Classmate Ali Brochu (Winsted, CT) notched a team-leading 11 floors as the Colonials rebounded to blank Mt. Saint Vincent College, 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-23) later in the day.
With the split, the Colonials moved to 18-5 overall and 4-2 in conference play. The Panthers also sank the dolphins, 3-1 (25-18, 22-25, 25-18, 25-23) and improved to 26-2 overall and 5-1. Mt. Saint Vincent fell to 11-8.
"It was a great opening match but it took a while for our offense to get going," said WestConn head coach Don Ferguson following play. "The first match against Plymouth just came down to us making too many service errors. But I was happy we were able to rebound in our second match against Mt. Saint Vincent," he added.
The Panthers raced out to a 15-4 lead en route to seizing the opening set, 25-12. However, the Colonials responded to capture a 21-16 advantage in the second stanza. They were able to close the set out at 25-23 to thwart the Plymouth rally.
The third set was played in similar fashion as the Panthers trailed most of the way and yet another rally came up short at 25-20. However, they notched the equalizing 25-21 victory in the fourth set, setting up a final fifth set showdown.
Things looked good early for the Colonials as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead capped by a service ace from junior Victoria Korzan (Southbury, CT). The visitors retaliated to take a 12-10 lead and seemed poised to put things away.
However, the lead would exchange hands several times as neither team could obtain the two-point advantage needed to earn the victory until the count reached 22-22. Plymouth senior Lex Bowers (Port St. Lucie, FL) smacked home her team-leading 12th kill of the match before classmate Alisha Flanagan (Milton, NH) sealed the 24-22 win with her fourth service ace of the day.
WestConn showed their resiliency as they again fought off late set rallies from Mt. Saint Vincent. Rookie Taylor Rohan (Yonkers, NY) contributed a pair of momentum swaying blocks for the Colonials, while junior Victoria Alomar (Naranjito, P.R.) chipped in with four aces.
WestConn returns to action at non-league foe New Paltz on Wednesday at 6 p.m.