Women's Volleyball surges past Blue Jays in Fifth Set

Gillian Criddle and Kayla Dupree

LEICESTER, Mass. --- The Becker College women's volleyball team defeated visiting University of Saint Joseph Connecticut in five sets, 26-24, 20-25, 29-27, 22-25, 15-2 on Thursday night at the Leicester Gymnasium.

The Hawks of Becker (7-8) were led by junior middle blocker Kayla Dupree (North Bergen, N.J. / Bronx) with 13 kills and three service aces. Sophomore outside hitter Gillian Criddle (Earleville, Md. / Bohemia Manor) had a dominant day at the net, with eight total blocks and six kills. Junior libero Courtney Cotnoir (Douglas, Mass. / Douglas) finished with a match-high 40 digs while senior setter Charlene Landry (Gorham, Maine / Gorham) finished with five service aces, 24 set assists and 14 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Sofia Cullina (Deep River, Conn. / Valley Regional) added nine kills and 29 digs.

The Blue Jays of St. Joseph (4-8) were led by senior middle blocker Hannah Lemek (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Central) with a match-high 23 kills with seven digs. Sophomore outside hitter Jasmine Buckley (Wappingers Falls, N.Y./Beacon) recorded 16 kills and 32 digs while junior right side Carly Ruzbasan (Torrington, Conn./Torrington) contributed 11 kills and 25 digs. Junior setter Brenna Miller (McCleary, Wash./Elma) recorded a match-high 50 set assists.

Becker is back on the court on Saturday when they travel to Rhode Island College to compete in a tri-match against the host Anchormen and against Bridgewater State beginning at 10:00 a.m. Saint Joseph Connecticut travels to Saint Joseph's College in Maine on Saturday beginning at 12:00 p.m.

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