Junior captain Amanda Bayer recorded match highs os 42 assists and four aces, while adding a team-best 16 digs, but the Central Connecticut State University volleyball team was upended by Northeastern, 3-1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-23, 25-19), in the Blue Devils' first match at the Dartmouth Invitational on Friday. CCSU falls to 3-5 on the season and will compete against Northeast Conference foe Sacred Heart as well as the host Big Green on Saturday. Northeastern improves to 5-5 this season.
With 12 digs in the match, junior Kaitlin Petrella moved into third place in Central history with 1,097 digs in her career. The Blue Devils' libero came into the season with 960 digs and is now only 119 away from becoming the CCSU all-time digs leader. With her eight dig of the match, Petrella passed former Central star Brynn Good for third place in CCSU annals.
Senior captain Jamie Baumert led the Blue Devils with 13 kills and added three blocks in the defeat. CCSU had two other players record double-digit kills tonight as junior Maite Mendizabal finished with 12 and freshman Emily Cochran totaled 10 in the match. Mendizabal also chipped in with 13 digs and three aces, while Cochran recorded six digs and two blocks.
The Huskies were led by Caitlin Tittl's 18 kill, 14 dig performance.
The Blue Devils will face Dartmouth at 1:00 p.m. and then take on the Pioneers at 3:00 p.m. to finish off the tournament.