Lady Hounds win two in tri-match

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Kyle Forbes

On Saturday, October 10, the Assumption College Women’s Volleyball team hosted Saint Rose and Mercy for a tournament in which they defeated both teams. The team came into the tournament with a total record of 4-11 and a record of 1-4 in the Northeast-10 conference. In order to ensure a spot in the playoffs, the Hounds knew that they would need to win the majority of the games that remained on their schedule. This tournament may have been exactly what they needed in order to push themselves forward and start their run to obtain a playoff spot.

In their first match, the Hounds played the Golden Knights of Saint Rose in a NE-10 match up. It was a slow start for the Hounds, as they lost the first two sets 25-21 and 25-20, respectively. However, they refused to let up, and pushed back to take the next three sets and win the match. In the third set, sophomore Julia Goyette led the team with three out of the Hounds’ 10 kills. The rest of the set was close, as Saint Rose continued to retaliate and tie the score six times until Assumption pulled through with an ace by senior Tara Reilly to end the set at 25-21.

The Hounds started strong in set four with a 6-2 lead, but the Golden Knights didn’t back down. Both teams played very competitively, but Assumption won the set with another score of 25-21.

In the tiebreaker set, the Hounds put up points immediately to gain a 5-1 lead. They strengthened their lead to 8-1 with the help of a kill by first-year Kellie Smith and an ace by sophomore Maria Chrisom. Assumption won the match 15-12 after a kill by sophomore Stephanie Hawley and an ace by senior Courtney Bagwell. Hawley and Smith led the Hounds with 12 kills each in the match.

In match two against the Mavericks of Mercy, the Hounds were much more dominant. Mercy took the first set in a very competitive game that ended at 25-23. The second match was completely different, as the Hounds controlled the whole game and won the set with a decisive score of 25-8. Hawley tallied three kills on an eight-point run that put the game at 21-6 and gave the team the momentum to finish the game strong.

In the third set, the Hounds started the game off with eight consecutive points. They didn’t let up, and managed to take a 16-5 lead, but the Mavericks closed the gap and fought to bring the score to 20-17. The Hounds only allowed one more point in the set, ending the match at 25-18. Reilly led the team with four kills and a kill percentage of .500. In the fourth set, the Hounds attained an early 7-2 lead and continued to dominate the game until the final point.

They won the set 25-16, which capped off the match and gave them their second win of the day.

Overall, the Hounds played very well as a team and put themselves in a much better position to reach the playoffs. There were also some individual performances that marked season and career-bests. Reilly had an outstanding day on the courts in both of her games. She reached a career-high 19 kills in the second match, which tops her previous best of 18. She also tied her career-best in blocks with eight against Saint Rose.

Against Mercy, Bagwell got an impressive 20 digs, which is the most she has gotten in a single match so far this season. Sophomore Kiki Romanik tallied 45 assists against Mercy, which marks the second highest she has accumulated in a single match this season. The Hounds improved their record to 6-11 overall and 2-4 in the NE-10 Conference. Their next match is a Blue-Out game against Stonehill on Tuesday, October 27 at 6 p.m. in Laska Gymnasium.

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