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Women's Volleyball: Warriors Open Home Season With Losses to Conn College and Emerson that Drop Them Under .500

Senior Sierra Orr records one of her eight digs when the Warriors opened their home season Saturday at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium. (Photo by Sara Pisanelli)
Senior Sierra Orr records one of her eight digs when the Warriors opened their home season Saturday at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium. (Photo by Sara Pisanelli)

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Facing two of the more competitive teams on their schedule, the Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team opened its home schedule with four-set losses to Connecticut College and Emerson College Saturday at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

Against Connecticut College (4-2), Eastern (3-4) lost for the tenth straight time, but its victory in the third set snapped a string of 11 straight set losses to the Camels.  Set scorers were 8-25, 21-25, 25-16, 22-25.

Eastern jumped quickly against Emerson College (6-2)– which was coming off a sweep of Conn College less 35 minutes earlier -- by taking the first set but fell behind early by six points in the second set, was outscored 10-2 midway through the third set, and relinquished an early 6-2 in the fourth-set loss. Set scorer were 25-15, 19-25, 16-25, 19-25.

Emerson downed Conn by scores of 25-16, 25-13, 25-11.

Idle for a week, Eastern trailed throughout against Conn in the first set when the Camel ran off ten straight behind the serving of Elle Kass – Eastern committing seven attack, reception and ball-handling errors in that stretch. The Warriors battled back in a second set which featured five lead changes and 13 ties. Conn broke the final tie and went ahead 15-14 on an Eastern attack errors.

The Warriors staved off a sweep in the third set when senior setter Mckenzie Maneggia (Andover) served the first five points – all of the points coming off Conn attack errors.  The Camels attacked at .000 in the set  while junior Alaetra Long (Lincoln, NE) and sophomore Anna Barry (Andover) each had three block assists, junior Abby Stern (Manchester) contributed four digs, three kills and two service aces and Maneggia and senior Sierra Orr (Woodland, WA) combined for ten assists.

In position to force a decisive fifth set, Eastern chipped away at a 20-12 deficit to pull to within 24-22 on a kill by Long but Conn closed it out with a kill off an Eastern serve.

On the day, Stern led Eastern with 24 kills five service aces, and Long had a team-high 35 digs to go along with 15 kills and five blocks. Barry added 16 kills and eight blocks. Maneggia collected 39 assists, 18 digs and three service aces and sophomore Madison Bell (Salem) 23 digs. Junior Laura Notholt (Milford) and senior Lydia Niderno (Willington) combined for 18 kills and Orr amassed 25 assists.

Eastern looks to snap a four-match losing streak Wednesday when it hosts Western New England University Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Warriors have won four of the last five meetings with the Golden Bears.