Olmstead and Bayer Guide Blue Devils to Conference Home Win
Central Connecticut (6-11, 1-1) collected a 3-0 Northeast Conference home win over Wagner (2-14, 0-2). Senior Amanda Olmstead led the Blue Devils with a match-best 11 kills, 10 digs and three blocks. Sophomore Amanda Bayer added a match-high 36 assists, 11 digs and five service aces in the win.
CCSU swept the match with 25-15, 25-16 and 25-17 wins. The Blue Devils limited Wagner to a -.045 hitting percentage while totaling five total team blocks. Central Connecticut's offense hit .219 and had 10 service aces.
The Blue Devils stretched out a 9-7 lead to a 22-12 advantage in the first set. They scored four points on Bayer's serve during the run. CCSU, which never trailed, closed out the set on an Olmstead kill. Olmstead hit .571 with four kills to pace the Blue Devils during the set. Junior Jamie Baumert and sophomore Lauren Snyder each added three kills. Bayer had 13 assists and two service aces.
Central Connecticut again used a middle-set run to pull away from the Seahawks in the second set. Ahead 9-8, the Blue Devils went on a 10-3 run en route to the 25-16 win. Olmstead and Baumert both had four kills in the set. Freshman Sara DeLacey added three kills in three swings, while Bayer totaled 15 assists.
CCSU led from the start in set three. The Blue Devils went up 13-5 on freshman Danielle Gasser's serve, posting seven points to stretch a 6-5 advantage out to an eight-point margin. Bayer had a pair of late service aces during a four-point run, and she assisted on sophomore Tori Vaughan's match-ending kill. Olmstead and Snyder each had three kills in the set.
In addition to the efforts of Olmstead and Bayer, Baumert and Snyder finished with eight kills. Baumert also had three blocks. Sophomore Kaitlin Petrella led all players with 17 digs. Freshman Stephanie Robinett led Wagner with five kills and seven digs.
The Blue Devils will be back on the court Friday, Oct. 24 at Quinnipiac. The match is slated to start at 7 p.m.