BEVERLY, Mass. - At the Endicott College tri-match, the host Gulls defeated the Curry College women's volleyball team, 3-0, in the first match of the day. In the second match, the Colonels were edged by Salem State, 3-2, with the Vikings capturing a narrow 16-14 decision in the fifth set. Curry wrapped up the season by finishing at 7-20 overall and 1-7 in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) action.
Endicott was led defensively by senior Jessica Petrucci (Cape Coral, Fla.) who tied for a team high with six digs. Tying Petrucci were freshmen Elise Morgan (Holbrook, Mass.) and Cydney Pierce (Santa Barbara, Calif.) while sophomore Tori McIntyre (San Diego, Calif.) was right behind, finishing with five of her own.
McIntyre also recorded a match high 14 kills as she hit at a .303 clip (14-4-33) to lead an Endicott offense that saw five players hit .300 or better. Fellow sophomore Kelli Sugrue (Tewksbury, Mass.) led the Gulls with an .875 average as she was nearly perfect, picking up seven kills on eight error-free swings. Hayley Knapp (Valencia, Calif.) finished second on the team with eight kills (8-1-13, .538), while Lexi Watts (San Diego, Calif.) and Jayla Brennen (Litchfield, N.H.) hit .571 (5-1-7) and .300 (4-1-10), respectively. Setter Alleigh VandeMerkt (Riverside, Ill.) finished the match with 39 assists while also picking up two aces.
For Curry, Christina Wallis (Peabody, Mass.) played well, leading the team with five kills and a .444 average (5-1-9). Setter Makayla Hughes (Franklin, N.H.) led the Colonels with 10 assists while also picking up seven digs, third on the team behind libero Courtney Carroll (Fairhaven, Mass.) who led the match with 12, and Taylor Faieta (Lynn, Mass.) who finished with nine. Nicole Grambley (North Attleboro, Mass.) finished second on the team with four kills as she also chipped in two aces and two assist blocks to finish with a team high seven points.