Blue Devils Improve to 4-0 In Northeast Conference With Win over St. Francis (PA)
The Central Connecticut State University volleyball team (9-9) outblocked St. Francis (PA) (4-15) by a mark of 10 to four, as the Blue Devils defeated the Red Flash 3-1 (25-16, 27-25, 23-25, 25-17) on Saturday afternoon. Senior captain Jamie Baumert led the way for CCSU, tallying a team high 12 kills on .391 hitting percentage and a match-best seven blocks.
The Blue Devils took the first two sets of the match, 25-16 and 27-25. St. Francis then pushed it to a fourth set with a 25-23 win of their owen. Central won the fourth and final set with a bit more ease, taking it by a score of 25-17. The Blue Devils are now back at .500 for the season with an overall record of 9-9 and remain undefeated in Northeast Conference play with a mark of 4-0. The Red Flash falls to 4-15 overall and 1-2 in the NEC.
Other than Baumert, with a hitting percentage of .391, junior Tori Vaughan and sophomore Sara DeLacey added to CCSU's efficiency, recording marks of .412 and .357, respectively. Vaughan tallied seven kills and four blocks, while DeLacey finished with six kills and three blocks.
Freshman Emily Cochran added to both the offensive and defensive outputs, totaling nine kills and six digs in the victory. Junior captain Amanda Bayer added 30 assists, four digs and three blocks for the Blue Devils. Junior Kaitlin Petrella chipped in with a match-best 18 kills.
St. Francis was led by Shirley Miller with team highs of 17 kills and 12 digs. Rikki Myers added a match-best 38 assist for the Red Flash.
Central will next play at Robert Morris on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.