The Central Connecticut volleyball dropped a pair of matches to open the season at the Jack Kaiser Classic hosted by St. John's University. The Blue Devils fell to Eastern Michigan, 3-0, to open the day before falling to St. John's, 3-2, to close the day.
CCSU is 0-2 on the season. The Blue Devils will close out play at the tournament on Saturday against Manhattan and Fordham.
MATCH 1: Eastern Michigan 3, CCSU 0
Central dropped its opening match of the season falling to Eastern in straight sets; 25-18, 25-12, 25-20.
The Eagles led throughout the opening frame and used a 6-0 run to build a 15-5 lead. The Blue Devils got within, 18-14, but Eastern closed on a 6-1 run to take the opening set.
Eastern jumped out to a 5-1 lead to open the second set and again led throughout. The Eagles would score the set's final five points to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The teams would go back-and-forth in the third set until Eastern scored five straight points to take a 16-10 lead. CCSU was unable to get closer than four points the rest of the set.
MATCH 1: St. John's 3, CCSU 2
Central fell to the host St. John's, 3-2, in an exciting match to close the opening day of action. SJU won the match by scores of 25-18, 20-25, 10-25, 25-23, 15-12.
The decisive fifth set was closely contested throughout and a kill by junior Madelyn Kaprelyan got the Blue Devils within, 13-12. The Red Storm, however, would close the match out with back-to-back points to win the match.
SJU would take the opening set before Central stormed back to take the next two. In the second set, CCSU led 7-6 before rolling off a 9-3 run to take control of the frame. An ace by sophomore Emma Henderson would seal the set, 25-20.
In the third set, Central took a 12-2 lead after a kill by sophomore Eline van Heijningen and was never threatened. A kill by Kaprelyan closed the frame out, 25-10.
The teams were close throughout in the pivotal fourth frame. A kill by Kaprelyan tied the set, 22-22, but the Red Storm would respond by closing out the set, 25-23, to stay alive in the match for a decisive fifth frame.
Senior Raquel Quirarte had 19 kills and 14 digs, while Henderson added 17 kills and 17 digs. Sophomore Ashlyn Eisenga had a team-high 26 digs, while McDermott had 27 assists and Kushman had 20 assists.