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Women's Volleyball: Warriors Keep Pace in LEC Race; Drop Non-Conference Match

Women's Volleyball: Warriors Keep Pace in LEC Race; Drop Non-Conference Match

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Junior setter Mckenzie Manegga (Andover) tied the program match record with 12 service aces and put up 17 assists as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team kept pace atop the Little East Conference standings by sweeping Castleton University, 25-9, 25-5, 25-9, Saturday afternoon at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium

The win was the ninth straight overall and fourth in a row in the conference for Eastern (13-5, 4-1 LEC), which shares the Little East lead with Keene State College, which swept visiting UMass Dartmouth Saturday

In a non-conference match, Eastern couldn't capitalize upon several chances at set point in the first set and fell to Connecticut College (7-10) for the ninth straight time, 27-25, 25-14, 25-21

Conn College also swept Castleton (2-13, 0-4 Little East) in a non-conference match, 25-10, 25-9, 25-5

In the first meeting ever with Castleton, six players contributed service aces, and six-foot freshman Anna Barry (Andover) and sophomore Abby Stern (Manchester) each had eight kills and combined to attack at .842 (no errors on 19 attempts)

Against Castleton, Eastern trailed by one in the earlier going before sophomore Alaetra Long (Lincoln, NE) served  six straight points to push the Warriors into a 12-6 lead. Maneggia closed out the first set by serving for the final eight points, half of them coming on service aces. Eastern had 20 service aces, in all, against Castleton, with Maneggia tying the record set by Bianca Soto in 1994 and tied by Amanda Jassen in 2002

There were 16 ties and seven lead changes in the first set against Conn. Trailing by one, Eastern rattled off five of the next six points – freshman Madison Bell (Salem) serving two points in a row as the Warriors moved within one of set point, 24-21.  At that point, Conn broke Bell's serve on a  kill from Katie Howley, and with Elle Kass serving, tied it at 24-all on kills from Howley and Emma Hewlin. A Conn attack error moved Eastern to within one of set point again, but with Eastern leading, 25-24, the Camels again broke serve, scoring the final three points on a kill from Avery Light and two from Howley around an Eastern timeout. Howley led Conn with 12 kills and a .440 attack percentage, Grace McGee set for 37 assists and Kass put up 18 digs

Against Conn, Eastern attacked at just .128 and committed seven service errors without an ace. Barry was again the main offensive weapon, putting down 11 balls with a .500 attack percentage. Long led Eastern against Conn with 13 kills. Maneggia had 19 assists and freshman Meg Verizzi (Lebanon) added 13 assists. Stern  and Maneggia each had 12 digs.

At left: Carly Balskus (Photo by Sara Pisanelli)

In six sets on the day, Barry attacked at .615 with 19 kills, Long added 18 and Stern 12. Manegga had 36 assists and Verizzi 22 and Stern (13), Maneggia (13) and Bell (10) were tops in digs

Eastern visits UMass Dartmouth Tuesday at 7 p.m. in a conference match.



Eastern Conn. 3, Castleton U. 0 

Castleton U. (2-12, 0-4 Little East)                 9        5        9
Eastern Conn. (13-4, 4-1 Little East)            25      25      2 

Connecticut College 3, Castleton U. 0 

Conn College (6-10)                                    25      25      25
Castleton U. (2-13)                                     10        9       5

Connecticut College 3, Eastern Conn. 0 

Conn College (7-10)                                    27      25      25
Eastern Conn. (13-5)                                   25      14      21