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No. 3 Keene State, No. 5 Rhode Island College Heading to 2018 LEC Women’s Volleyball Final Four

2018 volleyball first round

Tournament Central | Interactive Bracket 

No. 3 Keene State 3, No. 6 Plymouth State 0 – Box Score

FOR THE RECORD: The Owls improved their record to 21-9 for the season with the victory, while the Panthers saw their season end at 11-20.

HOW IT HAPPENED: Keene State hit 27 percent (41 kills-12 attack errors-107 attempts) as a team while allowing Plymouth State to just 24 points as it advanced to the LEC semifinals with game wins of 25-15, 25-8 and 25-17. Junior Olivia Mathieu (Derry, N.H.) and sophomore Megan Palmer (East Islip, N.Y.) had nearly identical stat lines for the Owls; Mathieu hit .407 with 12 kills and 12 digs, while Palmer hit .346 with 12 kills and nine digs. Fellow sophomore Bailey Wilson (Moorpark, Calif.) registered 33 assists.

Junior Alisha Flanagan (Milton, N.H.) and freshman Alexa Price (Moultonborough, N.H.) each had four kills and 11 digs, while junior Lex Bowers (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) notched five kills and seven digs.

No. 5 Rhode Island College 3, No. 4 Western Connecticut 2 – Box Score

FOR THE RECORD: The Anchorwomen are now 15-11 for the season and are heading to the LEC semifinals for the first time since 2015. The Colonials ended the year at 17-10.

HOW IT HAPPENED: Rhode Island College staked itself to a 2-0 lead after winning the first two sets by scores of 25-15 and 25-22, only to see host Western Connecticut rally for 25-15 and 25-21 wins in the third and fourth sets to knot the match score at 2-2. The two teams were never separated by more than two points in the fifth and deciding match, which saw the Anchorwomen prevail, 15-13.

Freshman Amelia Murphy (North Attleboro, Mass.) led the Anchorwomen with 16 kills, while sophomore Emilia Vaziri (Cranston, R.I.) totaled 11 kills in the match. Junior Jacqueline Jutras (Forster, R.I.) handed out 36 assists, while reigning LEC Defensive Player of the Week Marisa Byrnes (Cranston, R.I.) notched a match-high 18 digs.

Senior Kamari King (East Hartford, Conn.), who has been named the LEC Offensive Player of the Week each of the last two weeks, tallied a match-high 22 kills to go with 10 digs, while sophomore Nicolina Chenard (Ardsley, N.Y.) added 14 kills with four digs. Senior Jenna Skerritt (Wolcott, Conn.) registered a match-high 52 assists.