CCSU Tops Seton Hall In First of Two at Rose Hill Classic on Saturday

Senior captain Jamie Baumert led the Central Connecticut State University volleyball team in kills for the second straight match, recording 15, as the Blue Devils defeated Seton Hall by a score of 3-2 in the first of their two matches at the Fordham Rose Hill Classic on Saturday. CCSU improves to 2-3 on the season and will take on the host Rams at 7:00 p.m. tonight.

After losing the first set, 17-25, Central got back into the game by winning the next two and taking a 2-1 lead. The Blue Devils took the second frame with ease, winning by a score of 25-15, but had to go to extra points to win the third set, 26-24. The Pirates tied it up at 2-2, taking the fourth set 25-23. In the fifth and final set CCSU got out to an early lead and didn't look back, winning it by a score of 15-9.

The Blue Devils controlled the net, receiving three or more blocks from four different players. Baumert tallied three, while junior Maite Mendizabal and sophomore Sara DeLacey totaled four and six blocks, respectively. Junior Tori Vaughan recorded a match high and career best, eight blocks in the victory.

Mendizabal and junior Kaitlin Petrella led the defense, as the former finished with 15 digs and the latter tallied a match high 20. Junior captain Amanda Bayer dealt out a team high 43 helpers, her highest total of the season. To go along with Baumert's 15 kills, Mendizabal and freshman Emily Cochran each reached double-digit kills with 11 and 10, respectively.

Sarah Osmun led Seton Hall with 12 kills, while Olivia Trudeau recorded a match high 45 assists in the loss.

CCSU, now 2-3, will continue competition at the Rose Hill Classic when they take on the host Rams at 7:00 p.m.