Women's Volleyball splits at Curry Tri-Match

Kayla Dupree in action

MILTON, Mass. – The Becker College women's volleyball team split their two matches at the Curry College Tri-Match on Saturday afternoon, beat the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in three sets before falling to host Curry in three sets.

Match One- Curry 3, Mass Maritime 0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-12)

Curry won by set scores of 25-13, 25-16 and 25-12 to take the match in straight sets. Grace Stafford (West Yarmouth, Mass.) led all players with nine kills to lead the way. Caroline Kilduff (Rockland, Mass.) added six kills while Nicole Rice (Woburn, Mass.) chipped in with five kills. Monica Wilkes (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) handed out 24 assists to fuel the offense, which finished with 26 kills on the match.

Mass. Maritime got solid contributions from Marie Harrison (Weymouth, Mass.), Jennifer Roy (Attleboro, Mass.) and Maddie Coughlin (Monroe, Conn.). Roy finished with five kills while the other two each contributed two. Michelle Sheehan (Attleboro, Mass.) tallied nine assists while Roy led the defense with six digs.e

The Buccaneers jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the opening set but the Colonels would respond. Following an attack error to make the score 4-4, Curry went on an 8-0 run which eventually put the lead to 16-6. The lead remained at least seven points for the remainder of the set, one that the Colonels captured by a final of 25-13 to give them a 1-0 advantage.

The second set was tight within the first 14 points, with Curry having an 8-6 after Stafford converted a kill. The lead ballooned to 12 after a kill by Kilduff and the Colonels would go on to get within one set of the match with a 25-16 second set victory.

The final set was all Curry, building a 10 point lead after the first 20 points (15-5). Mass. Maritime was able to chip away at the deficit but would not get any closer than eight points for the remainder of the frame. The Colonels captured the third set 25-12, finished off with a kill by Kilduff. 

Becker 3, Mass. Maritime 0 (25-16, 25-8, 25-15)

Becker captured set scores of 25-16, 25-8 and 25-8 to take their lone match of the day over Mass. Maritime. Kayla Dupree (North Bergen, N.J.) paced the Hawks with five kills. Sofia Cullina (Deep River, Conn.) chipped in four while Micaela Rice (Charlton, Mass.) added three. Charlene Landry (Gorham, Maine dished out a match high 13 assists.  Courtney Cotnoir (Douglas, Mass.) added 10 digs to lead the way for Becker.

Roy led all Mass. Maritime student-athletes with four kills. Harrison pitched in three while Casey Sullivan (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) and Kaylee Tolman (East Sandwich, Mass.) added two apiece. Michelle Sheehan (Attleboro, Mass.) tallied nine assists while Coughlin registered eight digs.

The Hawks sprinted out to a 14-7 lead in the first set, highlight by 5-0 run that made the score 8-3. The Buccaneers pulled to as close as within four but Becker pulled away late, winning four of the last five points to take the first set by nine (25-16).

The second set was all Becker in the early going, capturing seven of the first nine points. The lead quickly became 12, thanks to a 6-0 run capped off by an attack error by Sheehan to make the score 18-6. The Hawks outscored Mass. Maritime 7-2 over the final nine points of the frame, limiting the Buccaneers to eight points in the set.

The final set was tight after the first 22 points, with Becker holding a 12-10 advantage. The Hawks would stretch the lead to seven (21-14) after an attack error by Harrison. The Hawks would then win the final four points to win the final set, 25-15.

Curry 3, Becker 0 (25-10, 25-13, 25-13)

Curry continued their strong play on the day by defeating Becker in straight sets (25-10, 25-13, 25-13). Rice led the way with 10 kills. The senior co-captain hit an impressive .429 on the match. Stafford was not far behind with eight kills while Wilkes finished with five. Wilkes dished out 21 assists while Carroll recorded a match-high 16 digs.

Becker was led by Emily Peterman (Vancouver, Wash.), Morgan Gould (North Attleboro, Mass.) and Dupree with four kills apiece. Landry handed out eight assists while Cotnoir paced the squad with 10 digs.

Curry jumped out to a 4-1 lead which would eventually stretch to seven when the score would be 15-8 in favor of the Colonels after a kill by Wilkes. Curry caught fire and went on a 12-0 run, half of which came by way of kills by Rice. The teams traded the final four points of the set as the Colonels would take it 25-10.

Curry started quickly once again, winning 15 of the first 20 points. The Colonels started the final set on a 9-1 run to build that lead. A five point run later in the set stretched the lead to 11 and then would reach 13 when the score was 22-9. Becker outscored the Colonels 4-3 over the final seven points of the set but it was Curry that came out on top, 25-13.

The final set was tight over the first 12 points, each winning six. Curry would begin to pull away when they went on an 8-0 run to build a 14-6 advantage. Another run, this time of four points sent the lead to 10 at 19-9. The Colonels outscored the Hawks 6-4 over the final 10 points to give Curry the 25-13 third set victory and the match.

Curry hits the road for five matches, their first stop being at Mount Ida on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. Becker will travel to Nichols on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. while Mass. Maritime plays Salem State in a road contest on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.