Volleyball Splits Tri-Match with Rhode Island College and Manhattanville

Belinda Nwagbara

Providence, RI --- Junior outside hitter Breanna Boyer (West Greenwich, RI) notched her 1,000th career kill as the Rhode Island College women's volleyball team picked up a pair of victories over WPI and Manhattanville in a tri-match played at The Murray Center on Saturday.  WPI took the other match with a 3-0 victory over Manhattanville. 

RIC (14-9) climbed back from an early 2-0 deficit against WPI (16-6) to win in five sets, 3-2 (22-25, 18-25, 25-14, 25-21, 15-12). It marked the first time all season the Anchorwomen won a match after dropping the first two sets. The Anchorwomen have shown some mettle in five-set matches, going a perfect 4-0 on the season. 

In their second match of the day, the Anchorwomen cruised to a 3-0 victory over Manhattanville (12-11), 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-12). With the pair of wins on Saturday, Rhode Island College improves to 11-1 at the Murray Center this season. 

Boyer's 1,000th kill highlighted the day for RIC. The junior captain finished with a total of 25 kills in the two matches, to go along with 19 digs and a pair of aces. She currently has 1,007 career winners. 

Freshman middle hitter Marina Stoermer (Seattle, WA) also had a huge afternoon, tallying 30 kills, 19 digs, and six aces. Junior setter Jessica Ho (Providence, RI) chipped in with 63 assists, eight digs and four kills. Sophomore middle hitter Amanda Cabral (Riverside, RI) added 14 kills, 13 digs and a pair of aces. 

In the match with WPI, Boyer posted 15 kills and 13 digs, while Ho registered 36 assists to lead the way. Stoermer added 10 kills and 13 digs, while Cabral tallied nine kills and seven digs. Senior right side hitter Rachel Perry (Swansea, MA) recorded six kills and sophomore libero Harley Mitchell (North Smithfield, RI) chipped in with six digs. 

For the Engineers, junior outside hitter Belinda Nwagbara (Santa Rosa, CA) led the way with 14 kills and five digs, while junior Elyssa Dorenfeld (Reading, MA) posted 13 kills and 10 digs. Junior middle blocker Kerrin Beovich (Seaford, NY) notched 11 kills and four digs, while senior setter Kim Woodward (Clifton Park, NY) and junior setter Alex Rangel (Weston, FL) each finished with 23 assists. Junior defensive specialist Lauren D'Angelo (Wallingford, CT) led WPI in digs with 14, while junior outside hitter Bailey Sarber (Westerly, RI) chipped in with 12 digs to go along with nine kills. 

In their match against Manhattanville, Stoermer led the Anchorwomen with a 20 kills, tying her season-high. Boyer added 10 winners, while Cabral contributed five kills and six digs. Sophomore defensive specialist Katie McGovney (Barrington, RI) also chipped in with six digs, while Ho finished with 27 assists. 

The Valiants were led by senior setter Makana Gomes (Honolulu, HI), who registered nine assists in the loss. Freshman libero Sam Delmer (Boise, ID) tallied 10 digs and four digs for Manhattanville, while Gomes and senior right side hitter Damaris Morales (Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic) each finished with four kills as well. 

WPI got the best of the Valiants in the second match of the day, topping Manhattanville, 3-0 (25-20, 25-8, 25-19). Nwagbara came up big for the Engineers, as she finished with 13 kills and six digs. Beovich recorded 12 kills, while Woodward registered 27 assists. Freshman outside hitter Alyssa Corini (Pompton Plains, NJ) contributed 13 digs, while Dorenfeld added 10 digs of her own. 

Gomes finished with nine kills for Manhattanville, while Delmer tallied a match-high 15 digs. Freshman setter Veronica Ferreiras (Rockville Centre, NY) notched 16 assists for the Valiants in the loss.

WPI returns to NEWMAC play on Tuesday, heading to nationally-ranked Springfield for a 7pm match.

Release courtesy Rhode Island College Sports Information