Senior captain Jamie Baumert led the Blue Devils in kills for the third match in a row, but the Central Connecticut State University volleyball team fell to Fordham, 3-1 (25-19, 18-25, 25-20, 25-17) in the final match of the Rose Hill Classic on Saturday. Baumert recorded 14 kills and added five blocks in the defeat. The Blue Devils were helped by an outstanding performance from junior captain Amanda Bayer, tallying 27 assists and a match best 17 digs. CCSU will next compete when they play host to Holy Cross on Tuesday September 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Three other Blue Devils finished with seven or more kills in the match. Junior Tori Vaughan recorded eight kills and added two blocks for CCSU, while junior Maite Mendizabal and freshman Blaike King each totaled seven in the match. Mendizabal added nine digs and a service ace in the defeat. Bayer led Central with a match best two aces. The Blue Devil defense was a team effort, as every CCSU player that saw the floor recorded a dig in the match. Bayer led the way with 17, but junior libero Kaitlin Petrella was right behind, with 14. Mendizabal tallied nine, sophomore Danielle Gasser recorded eight and freshman Emily Cochran finished with five for Central.
In the win, Fordham was led by Kailee May and Sara Friede with 14 and 13 kills, respectively. Kim Capicotto dealt out a match best 43 assists. May also led the Rams on defense, totaling 17 digs in the victory.
The Blue Devils finished the tournament with a record of 1-2 and placed fourth out of the five teams in competition. The host Rams went undefeated in the tournament and won the championship. Baumert received her second All-Tournament selection of the year, garnering the accolades with six other student-athletes at the Rose Hill Classic this weekend.