Women's Volleyball Turns in Solid Effort at Nationally-Ranked Roger Williams

Women's Volleyball Turns in Solid Effort at Nationally-Ranked Roger Williams

BRISTOL, R.I. – The 25th-ranked Roger Williams Women's Volleyball squad registered a 3-0 victory over Curry College Thursday evening in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC)opener for both schools.

Roger Williams remained unbeaten at 14-0 (1-0 CCC). Curry slipped to 4-8 (0-1 CCC).

The Hawks hit .269 in the first set, tallying 11 kills on 26 attempts. The match was tied 3-3 early on before RWU pulled away slightly to go up 7-5. After a Colonel attack error, the Hawks rolled off an 11-0 run to take a commanding 19-5 lead. Ultimately, RWU would score six of the final seven points to take the set.

The second set saw much more competitive action between both teams. Neither squad was separated by more than three points for the majority of the early portion. Trailing by four, the Colonels were able to pull within one on three consecutive kills by Nicole Grambley (North Attleboro, Mass.) before the Hawks mounted a 9-1 run to take the set 25-16, powered by three kills from Katie Thieret (St. Louis, Mo.) over the span.

The third set saw RWU open with three straight points and continued to hold Curry at bay. The Colonels made it a 4-5 game on a Grambley ace, but could not come closer. The Hawks stretched the lead to 18-6, including five points by Abby Gordon (Glastonbury, Conn.) on three kills and two aces. Roger Williams would eventually take the set 25-17 and the match.

Thieret finished with a career-high 15 kills on 21 swings with only one error. Sarah McAniff (Redding, Conn.) added six kills and three aces, with Emily Werth (Cheshire, Conn.) and Sydni Ulbarri (Apple Valley, Calif.) adding 13 and 12 digs, respectively. Nicole Weber (Poulsbo, Wash.) finished with a season-high 33 assists.

Grambley and Alyssa Keeney (Coventry, Conn.) each had four kills for Curry in the match. Hannah Robison (Cumberland, R.I.) added four assists and seven digs, while Lauren Gaffney (Wallingford, Conn.) led the team with 11 digs.

Roger Williams heads to Tufts on Saturday for a tri-match with the Jumbos and Wesleyan. Curry will be at MCLA for a tri-match with Bay Path College that same day.