NEWPORT, R.I. – Eastern Connecticut senior Carly Balskus (Hebron, Conn.) led the way for her squad as she posted 30 kills and 20 digs to boost the Warriors’ effort towards a non-league volleyball tri-match sweep over UMass Dartmouth and host Salve Regina at the Rodgers Rec. Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Seahawks (18-8) pushed the Warriors (18-6) to five sets in the morning match, with Salve seizing the nail biting first set by a slim margin of 26-24. Each side traded sets until the fifth and final frame, but Eastern Connecticut would ultimately top the hosts on the 22-point outing by Balskus and 32 digs by freshman Madison Bell (Salem, Conn.). Classmate Meg Verizzi (Lebanon, Conn.) also played a key role in the squad’s come-from-behind win, picking up 28 assists, ultimately ending Salve’s win-streak at seven straight.
UMass Dartmouth (9-15) bounced back from losing its first set to Eastern Connecticut, helped by a portion of senior Kristy Walton’s (Fairhaven, Mass.) team-high 10 kills. The Warriors would not be fazed by the knotted affair, registering 14 and 16 kills in the third and fourth sets, respectively, to seal the Saturday sweep. The Warriors continue their red-hot play, pushing their victory total to 14 of the last 16.
The Salve big three comprised of senior Cassidy Trabilcy (Phoenix, Ariz.), freshmen Madison Lee (Dover, Fla.) and Nicole Karabaich (Greenlawn, N.Y.) combined for 35 points in the three-set victory over the Blue and Gold, getting 25 assists from senior Erin Proctor (Canton, Mass.) along the way. Walton again led the way with 11 kills for the Corsairs, who received 18 assists from sophomore Riley Thomas (Fairhaven, Mass.).
All three squads return to action on Tuesday at 7 p.m. with the Warriors hosting Albertus Magnus, Salve battling Roger Williams, and the Corsairs squaring off against UMass Boston.
(Recap By Kyle Diangkinay, Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant)
(Photo Credit: Rainier Almonte '20)