BY JASON POMBO // Oct. 12, 2016 //
The women’s volleyball team snapped their three-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over non-conference opponent Bridgewater State University. The Colonels improve to 7-9, while the Bears fall to 7-11.
Curry started the first set on fire, jumping out to an early 4-0 lead thanks to two aces from senior Alyssa Keeney. However, Bridgewater came roaring back to tie the first set at 11. The Bears’ comeback was led by sophomore Elizabeth Roberts who racked up seven kills during the game. Roberts and the rest of the Bridgewater team won a close first set, 26-24.
Early in the second set, points were falling on both sides of the net until an ace from senior Nicole Grambley put the Colonels in front 12-8. Bridgewater tied the score at 16 just to fall behind 20-17, only to come back again to tie it at 21 apiece.
Sophomore Grace Stafford recorded a kill to tie the game at 24, the ninth time the two teams matched score in the set. Stafford then went to serve and eventually delivered the winning service ace to even the game 1-1.
The Bears took the early 3-0 lead in the third set behind Roberts and sophomore Erin Clifford, but Curry battled back to tie the score at 10. All of the sudden, Bridgewater took a 16-13 lead thanks to a 6-1 run.
The Colonels responded with a six-point run of their own to jump out 19-16. The teams worked to another tie at 22 and Grambley followed Stafford’s suit and recorded a kill only to go to the service line to win the third set by a 25-23 score.
Curry took one step closer to ending their skid and bolstered their case by jumping out to a 7-4 lead in the fourth set. However, after they reached a10-7 lead, they eventually fell behind 14-12.
Enter, once again, Stafford, who led the Colonels’ charge to tie the game at 14. Points again began to fall on both sides until the score was deadlocked at 19.
Curry took advantage of a service error and took a two-point lead at 21-19, an advantage which they never let go. Keeney assisted both of the final two points to lead the Colonels over the Bears 25-22.
After the game, assistant coach Danielle Dean was very proud of her squad. She noted that “overall I think we played really well, everybody did their job played smart, played clean, and played as a team which was key.”
She hung her hat on the fact that there were “no individual performances.”
Block Party: Curry heavily out-blocked Bridgewater State by a large margin of 8-2. Junior Nicole Rice accounted for half of them.
Assisting Alyssa: Senior Alyssa Keeney recorded 45 assists to lead the game and account for all but three assists for the Colonels. Her 255 total assists over 49 sets places her tenth-best in the conference with a mark of 5.20 assists/set.
Thursday Night Volleyball: Curry quickly returns to action, again in the confines of the Eleanor M. Katz Gymnasium, as they play host to a Commonwealth Coast Conference matchup with top-seeded Roger Williams University, Thursday night at 6 p.m.