|Eastern Nazarene College||University of New England|
QUINCY, Mass. — Rene Roggenbuck (Goffstown, N.H.) filled the stat sheet with 18 kills, four service aces, and three solo blocks to power the University of New England in a 3-1 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) women’s volleyball result against Eastern Nazarene College on Wednesday evening (Oct. 19) at the Lahue PE Center. Set scores were 24-26, 25-10, 25-13, and 25-16.
Grayson Szczepaniak (Lakewood, Ohio) added 10 kills with a .533 attack percentage for the Nor’easters (13-8, 3-3 CCC), while Maddy Blake (Brookline, N.H.) contributed eight kills, four aces, and nine digs. Kristen Falcinelli (Silver Spring, Md.) guided the offense with 37 assists, and registered a double-double with 10 digs to go with four aces. Defensively, Nikki Mathewson (Merrimack, N.H.) pulled up 17 digs and Erika Sawicki (Wilbraham, Mass.) had 12 more.
For the Lions (5-15, 1-6 CCC), Lauryl Berger tallied five kills, 13 assists, and eight digs. Joanna Joseph also went for five winners, while Courtney McCarthy and Monica Ly both had 13 digs.
In a tightly-contested opening frame, UNE gained a 17-12 advantage with a pair of kills from Szczepaniak followed by a trio of service winners by Blake. However six errors in a span of nine points shifted the nod back to Eastern Nazarene (21-20), and, through a lead-change, the spread remaining one (24-23) in favor of the hosts. Roggenbuck managed to extend the set on the next play, but two points for the Lions secured the session.
Big Blue assumed a 10-point cushion (14-4) out of the gate in the 2nd, and closed with eight unanswered points to level the match. The squad made just one hitting error (.455) as Roggenbuck put down five kills and Falcinelli notched all of her aces.
In the 3rd, ENC trailed 11-9 early on and was still within striking distance facing an 18-13 deficit, but the Nor’easters rattled off the last seven points to move in front. Roggebbuck and Blake both dialed up five winners in the set.
The Lions battled in the 4th, until a 9-1 spurt by UNE stole the momentum for good, not long before a 7-1 stretch wrapped things up.