The Rhode Island College women’s volleyball team cruised into the weekend undefeated before heading to the Brandeis Invitational. However the team didn’t exactly find the results they were looking for.
The Anchorwomen opened up against familiar Little East Conference foe Eastern Connecticut State University. The match didn’t have LEC standing on the line, but that did not matter to the Warriors. Eastern Connecticut disposed of RIC easily, winning in straight sets by a score of 25-18, 25-16 and 25-15 despite outstanding efforts from junior Breanna Boyer and freshman Marina Stoermer, who paced the Anchorwomen offence.
Later in the evening, Trinity College swept through RIC by a score of 25-17, 25-16 and 25-16. Boyer played well again in the nightcap, as did sophomore outside hitter Amanda Cabral, who registered six kills, five digs, and two blocks. Sophomore libero Harley Mitchell contributed a team-leading 13 digs.
Looking to start day two on a good note versus host Brandeis, RIC could not break through. Boyer once again played well, registering 11 kills, six digs, three blocks and two aces. Cabral’s effort added seven kills, three blocks and three digs, but their performances weren’t enough. The Judges cruised to a 3-0 victory, setting the stage for a fourth and final contest where RIC could hopefully find some answers.
However, no answers were to be found against Tufts. The Jumbos brushed off RIC for a 25-14, 25-16, 25-12 sweep, finishing off a tough weekend for the Anchorwomen.
This week the anchorwomen will look to bounce back, hitting the road for a matchup with St. Joseph College (4-0) of Maine on Wed., Sept. 14. On Sat., Sept. 17, the Anchorwomen head back up north for their first Little East Conference game of the year against the Keene State Owls (3-4) and a non-league contest with the Westfield State Owls (1-8), the defending MASCAC champions.