DANBURY, CT (Sep. 20) — A balanced attack across the front line aided the Western Connecticut State University women's volleyball team to a convincing 3-0 victory over visiting Emmanuel College at The O'Neill Center on Thursday night.
The Colonials, 6-5, cruised through three sets, 25-20, 25-20 and 25-9.
Sophomore Caitlin Van Camp (Redding, CT) and senior Paxton Thornton (Sharon, CT) led the hitters with nine kills apiece while Melanie Lombardi (Danbury, CT) and Heather Williams (Kingston, NY) added eight and seven kills, respectively.
After trailing early in the third set, sophomore Nina Wojtkiewicz (Griswold, CT) served 18 straight points to finish off the match. She finished with 14 digs and three services aces on the night.
Shirley Rodriguez (Rio Grande, PR) led the Western defense with 30 digs in three sets.
Sophomore Jenny Hogan (Franklin Square, NY) paced the offense with 35 assists on 39 of Western kills.
Emmanuel, 3-11, were paced by Daniel Rose (Wilkes-Barre, PA) who had seven kills.
Yun-Ting Lee (Keelung, Taiwan) and Cara Callahan (Medway, MA) had 16 and 12 digs to head the Saints' defense.
Shannon Dudley (Arroyo Grande, CA) registered nine assists in the loss.
The Colonials travel to University of Southern Maine to take on the Huskies and Lyndon State College this Saturday, September 22. First match begins at 10 am.
Short Box Score (Match)
Western Connecticut Volleyball Stats
Emmanuel vs Western Connecticut (Sep 20, 2012 at Danbury, Conn.)
Western Connecticut def. Emmanuel 25-20,25-20,25-9
Emmanuel (3-11) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Danielle Rose 7-0-0; Brittany Tutalo 4-1-2; Nathalie Victoria 4-0-1; Moriah Logan 3-0-2; Christine Durkee 1-2-0; Alison Donnelly 1-0-0; Cara Callahan 1-0-0; Sarah Colby 1-0-2; Clare Bucci 0-0-1; Shannon Dudley 0-2-0; Totals 22-5-4.0.
(Dig leaders) - Yun-Ting Lee 16; Cara Callahan 12; Christine Durkee 10
Western Connecticut (6-5) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Caitlin Van Camp
9-1-1; Paxton Thornton 9-1-2; Melanie Lombardi 8-2-1; Heather Williams 7-0-1; Nina Wojtkiewicz 3-3-0; Jennifer Hogan 1-0-0; Elena Andrukhova 1-0-1; Mia Wilson 1-0-0; Rachel Volpe 0-2-0; Totals 39-9-4.0.
(Assists) - Jennifer Hogan 35.
(Dig leaders) - Shirley Rodriguez 30; Paxton Thornton 20; Nina Wojtkiewicz 14; Rachel Volpe 12
Site: Danbury, Conn. (Feldman Arena)
Date: Sep 20, 2012 Attend: 50 Time: 1:15