The Central Connecticut volleyball team opened Northeast Conference play with a five-set 3-2 road loss at St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon. The loss drops Central's record to 9-6 overall and snaps a seven-match winning streak. They will head to LIU Brooklyn for a 1 p.m. match on Sunday (Watch Live on Sunday).
The Blue Devils won the first two sets, 25-15 and 25-14, before the Terriers responded to win the final three sets 25-21, 25-18 and 15-13 to claim the win in the NEC opener for both teams.
Central was dominant in the first two sets recorded 26 kills and just six errors two climb out to a 2-0 lead. The Blue Devils forced 19 hitting errors by the Terriers in those first two sets.
But things turned around following the second set, as the Terriers made only 13 errors in the final three sets, while the Blue Devils posted 22 while falling for the first time in eight matches.
Sophomore Makenna Lommori had 51 assists and nine digs in the loss. Freshman Cassidy Stankowski led the offensive attack with 13 kills while adding 11 digs. Sophomore Heather Trueman added 12 kills and 10 digs. Senior Veronika Ban had 11 kills and just three errors, hitting .400 on the day.
The Terriers were led by Maggie Niu who had a match-high 20 kills and Slavica Stefanovic who added 14.
Central returns to action on Sunday at 1 p.m. at LIU Brooklyn beginning at 1 p.m.