Women's Volleyball: With Four-Set Win over UMD, Warriors Take Over Little East Lead

Women's Volleyball: With Four-Set Win over UMD, Warriors Take Over Little East Lead

DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team overcame a first-set loss and went on to a four-set victory over UMass Dartmouth Tuesday night at the Francis Tripp Athletic Center that lifted the Warriors into sole possession of first place in the Little East Conference.

With its fifth straight conference win after an opening loss to Keene State College, Eastern (14-5, 5-1 LEC) moves into sole possession of first place in the conference, a half-game ahead of Keene  (4-1 LEC), which played a non-conference match Tuesday night.

Eastern has won ten of its last 11 overall.

After attacking at .111 in the two-point loss in the first set, Eastern attacked at .231 to tie the match and won the important third set by attacking at .312. In that third set, Eastern outscored UMD 9-2 to move out to a 13-4 lead, and after the hosts cut the gap to 23-20, the Warriors came out of a timeout for the final two points on kills from freshman Anna Barry (Andover).

The Warriors closed out their eighth straight win over UMD and 41st in the last 42 meetings with the Corsairs after scoring six of the first seven points of the fourth set. UMass never made a serious run after Eastern's early lead.

Sophomore Alaetra Long (Lincoln, NE) had 18 kills with a .341 attack percentage and ten digs for Eastern, with senior Carly Balskus (Hebron) attacking at .353 and adding seven kills and 12 digs.

Junior setter Mckenzie Maneggia (Andover) had 26 assists and nine digs and freshman Madison Bell (Salem) 14 digs.

Saturday, Eastern plays non-conference matches against Farmingdale State College and Misericordia University at Dallas, PA.

Eastern Conn. 3, UMass Dartmouth 1

Eastern Conn. (14-5, 5-1 Little East)             24        25        25        25

UMass Dartmouth (7-11, 0-5 Little East)       26        16        20        15