LEICESTER, Mass. – Despite a solid collegiate debut from freshman Kayla Dupree, the Becker College volleyball team dropped its 2015 season opener, 3-0, to Mt. Ida College on Tuesday, September 1. The Mustangs prevailed 25-20, 25-22, 25-7.
Dupree (North Bergen, N.J.), led the Hawks with five kills and a .333 hitting percentage. She also added four aces and a block. Juniors Cheyenne Melanson (Sandown, N.H.) and Marisa Turner (Coventry, R.I.) were next on the team with four and three kills, respectively.
Serving was the difference in the match as Becker gave the Mustangs 35 of their 75 points from 12 services errors and 23 serve-receive errors. Mt. Ida also held an edge in hitting percentage (.174-to-.000) and digs (34-to-29).
The first set of the 2015 season was a back-and-fourth affair with five ties, the last coming at 17-17. From there, Mt. Ida used a 4-0 run that proved to be the difference in the set.
The Mustangs got out to a quick 7-3 lead to start the second set, but the Hawks fought back to tie the match at 9-9. The teams traded 4-0 runs with a Dupree kill tying the match at 18-18 followed by an ace from the rookie to give Becker a 21-20 advantage. A Mt. Ida service error tied the match, 22-22, but two Becker attack errors gave Mt. Ida the set, 25-22.
Mt. Idea was led by outside hitter Mary Kate Reidy who had a match-high seven kills while setter/hitter Alysha Dunbar had 10 assists and 12 aces.
Becker returns to the court on Thursday when they travel to Massachusetts Maritime for a 7:00 p.m. tilt before coming back to Leicester Gymnasium on Saturday to face WPI at 10:00 a.m.