DUDLEY, Mass. – Juniors Abby Stern (Manchester) and Lauren Notholt (Milford) and sophomore Anna Barry (Andover) combined for a .407 attack percentage and senior Mckenzie Maneggia (Andover) and sophomore Meg Verizzi (Lebanon) combined for 19 service aces to power the Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team to season-opening three-set sweeps of host Nichols College and Mitchell College Saturday at Chalmers Field House.
Maneggia served the first seven points of the match against Nichols (0-1) – three on service aces – as the Warriors posted 25-17, 25-14, 25-13 wins. Maneggia repeated that performance in the opening set against Mitchell (0-1) – opening with two service aces -- and junior Alaetra Long (Lincoln, NE) accounted for three of the next five points with kills in a 25-8, 26-16, 27-25 victory.
Eastern is now a combined 11-0 all-time against Nichols and Mitchell, winning in 33 straight sets.
Stern led Eastern on the day with 17 kills and a .457 attack percentage, Barry adding 16 kills and a .333 attack percentage and Notholt ten kills and a .444 attack percentage. Long contributed 14 kills with a .270 attack percentage and a team-high 25 digs.
Maneggia had 40 assists and eight service aces and Verizzi 11 service aces and 15 digs. Verizzi did not commit an error on a team-high 35 serves. Against Mitchell, ten of Verizzi's 21 serves resulted in aces. The total was just two off the record for aces in a three-set match, which Maneggia shares.
Eastern competes at the Trinity College Invitational this weekend, facing the host Bantams in Friday's opener at 6 p.m.