Volleyball Opens NEC Play with Win

Steve McLaughlin Photo
Steve McLaughlin Photo

The Central Connecticut volleyball team opened Northeast Conference play with a three set victory over  St. Francis (NY) on Saturday afternoon.  The Blue Devils were led by seniors Jamie Rademacher, Emily Cochran and Blaike King.  The trio accounted for 35 of the Blue Devils' 47 kills in the match.

The Blue Devils (6-8, 1-0 NEC) opened the match with a 25-22 first set victory.  Rademacher led the squad with five kills on seven attacks in the set.  Cochran and King each recorded four kills.  Freshman Makenna Lommori served as Central's primary setter and recorded 15 of her match-high 43 assists in the first set.  Sophomore Brittany Schumacher contributed seven digs on defense and sophomore Rachel Dunlap and senior Jennifer Waddill teamed up for the Blue Devils' only block.

In the second set, Cochran led the way with six kills, followed by Rademacher with four and three each by King and Dunlap.  Lommori had her best set offensively recording 16 assists.  On defense, Cochran had five digs and junior Amalia Ashley and Schumacher each had four.  The Blue Devils earned a 25-16 victory in the set.

CCSU won the third set 25-13 behind four kills from Rademacher and an almost errorless offensive attack.  The Blue Devil offense registered 14 kills and committed just one error in the final set.

Overall, the Blue Devils had an efficient offense throughout the match.  Central connected for 47 kills on 99 attacks with just 13 errors.  As a team the Blue Devils hit .343 for the match.

Schumacher led the defense with 17 digs.  Cochran also reached double-digits, she totaled 12.  As a team the Blue Devils combined for 3.5 total blocks.  Dunlap contributed to three and junior Veronika Ban also assisted on a pair.

Rademacher led the way with 13 kills.  Cochran finished with 12 and King also reached double-digits with 10.

The Terriers fall to 1-16 and 0-1 in NEC play with the loss.

The Blue Devils will return to action tomorrow afternoon at Fairleigh Dickinson.