Volleyball Splits on Final Day at Columbia Tournament

The Central Connecticut State University volleyball team now stands at 2-4 overall this season after earning a split in a pair of matches on Saturday at the Columbia Tournament. The Blue Devils dropped the first match 3-0 to the host Lions, before bouncing back and topping Lafayette 3-1 in the nightcap before an impressive offensive performance.

The Blue Devils dropped the first match of the day, 3-0, to Columbia to fall to 1-4. They lost 25-15, 25-15 and 25-23. Sophomore Emily Cochran led the offense with eight kills for the Blue Devils, while teammates Tori Vaughan and Jamie Rademacher each added six. Senior Amanda Bayer had 24 assists while Cochran added 12 digs to lead the defense.

The second match of the day marked the second victory of the season for the Blue Devils, as they topped Lafayette 3-1.

As a team Central hit an impressive .256, with 52 kills against only 19 errors in the match. Cochran led the way with 21 kills and she hit .302.

Blaike King added 13 kills and Vaughan had eight in the win. Four Blue Devils had double-figure digs in the match, led by 15 from Cochran and 13 from King. Bayer's 35 assists paced the offense. Central won 19-25, 25-14, 25-10 and 25-14.

Cochran was named to the All-Tournament Team for the Blue Devils.

Central returns to action on Wednesday night playing on the road at the University of Hartford beginning at 7 p.m.