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No. 1 Eastern Connecticut and No. 3 Keene State to Square Off for LEC Women’s Volleyball Championship

2018 volleyball semifinals

No. 1 Eastern Connecticut 3, No. 5 Rhode Island College 0 - Box Score

FOR THE RECORD: The Warriors improved their overall record to 22-6 with the semifinal win, while the Anchorwomen ended the season with an overall ledger of 15-12.

HOW IT HAPPENED: Eastern Connecticut hit .369 (46 kills-8 attack errors-103 attempts) as a team as it won by game scores of 25-15, 25-23 and 25-18. Freshman Anna Barry (Andover, Conn.) notched a match-high 14 kills on 19 attempts for a .737 hitting percentage to lead the Warriors, while sophomore Alaetra Long (Lincoln, Neb.) totaled 10 kills with one error on her 17 attempts for a .529 hitting percentage and registered a team-best 13 digs. Senior Leah Sopneski (Deep River, Conn.) handed out 20 assists with five digs, while junior Mckenzie Maneggia (Andover, Conn.) passed out 17 assists with five digs.

Freshman Amelia Murphy (North Attleboro, Mass.) led the Anchorwomen with 12 kills, while junior Jacqueline Jutras (Foster, R.I.) recorded 27 assists, Senior Marisa Byrnes (Cranston, R.I.) tallied a match-high 16 digs.

No. 3 Keene State 3, No. 2 UMass Boston 1 - Box Score

FOR THE RECORD: The Owls ran their overall record to 22-9 with the semifinal victory, while the Beacons' season ends at 17-9.

HOW IT HAPPENED: Keene State and UMass Boston were tied at 1-1 following the first two games, which saw the Owls win the opener 26-24 before the Beacons took the second 25-20. Keene State went on a 9-3 run to open the third game on its way to a 25-19 win before closing out the match with a 25-22 win in the fourth game.

The Owls were led by senior Niamh Dodd's (Mahopac, N.Y.) 13 kills in a match that saw five Keene State players with at least five kills each. Sophomore Bailey Wilson (Moorpark, Calif.) handed out 30 assists, while senior Riley Bunker (Simi Valley, Calif.) notched 23 digs. 

UMass Boston senior Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) posted a double-double with a match-high 19 kills and 15 digs, while sophomore Emilia Czapiewska (Saint Paul, Minn.) recorded a double-double of her own with 13 kills and 13 digs. Senior Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla.) tallied a match-high 30 digs.

TOURNAMENT NOTES: Eastern Connecticut will be making its first LEC title match appearance since 2014, and is in search of its first tournament title since 2007. The Warriors have six LEC tournament titles to their credit, and have been the tournament runner-up on six occasions. Keene State will be in the LEC tournament final for the third time in four years, and for the seventh time in total. The Owls lone LEC tournament championship came in 2008. Eastern won the only previous LEC tournament final meeting with Keene State, when the top-seeded Warriors defeated the third-seeded Owls 3-0.