The Central Connecticut volleyball team earned its first victory of the season over Saint Francis (PA) on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Devils (1-2) won three straight sets after dropping the opening frame to the Red Flash (2-1). Seniors Emily Cochran and Blaike King combined for 26 kills in the victory.
Ahead two sets to one, but trailing 22-21 in the fourth set, Cochran delivered a kill to tie the score and sophomore Rachel Dunlap and freshman Makenna Lommori followed with a block to put the Blue devils ahead for good. Another kill by Cochran and an attack error by Saint Francis put the match away, 25-22.
After dropping the opening set (18-25), the Blue Devils won the second set (25-19) behind four kills from King and seven assists by Lommori. Lommori finished the match with a team-high 21 assists.
Cochran led the offense with four kills in the third set (25-22). Defensively, sophomore Brittany Schumacher contributed six digs in a closely contested set.
Cochran finished with a team-high 14 kills. King was close behind with 12 kills in the match. Senior Jamie Rademacher and Dunlap each contributed six kills in the match and both posted a hitting percentage above .330 on the day.
Defensively, Dunlap dominated the net with a pair of solo blocks, while chipping in on seven others. As a team the Blue Devils posted 11.5 blocks in the match. Schumacher posted a game-high 16 digs and was joined in double-digits by freshman Ashley Lenington who had 10.
The Blue Devils return to action on Wednesday night at Hartford. On Friday, August 31, CCSU will host the first day of the CCSU Invitational at Detrick Gym.
Schumacher Named All-Tournament
Sophomore libero Brittany Schumacher was selected to the All-Tournament team following the conclusion of play on Saturday. Schumacher was the only Blue Devils to make the team. She started all three matches of the West Virginia Mountaineer Invitational and totaled 46 digs. Her total worked out to a 4.18 dig/set average, while making just two reception errors. In addition, she recorded three service aces.