Story written and posted by Anthony Perry, Rivier University Sports Information Director
NASHUA, N.H. – The Rivier University Women's Volleyball team extended their winning streak to seven games this afternoon as they swept both Framingham State University and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth in a non-conference tri-match inside the Muldoon Gymnasium. The pair of wins move the Raiders to 13-3 on the regular season while Framingham State slides to 10-9 and the Corsairs are now 5-10. The Rams defeated UMD, 3-2 in the middle match of the day.
Game One: Rivier University 3, Framingham State University 0 (Final)
The Raiders came out on a mission in the day's opening game as they took the three set match by scores of 25-17, 25-15 and 25-14.
Sophomore Sydney Racevicius (Woodbury, Conn.) led the way offensively for Rivier with 12 kills and a .304 hitting percentage while also scooping up 12 digs defensively. Senior Jess Whyte (Plymouth, Mass.) added seven kills and junior Julia Zargaj (Groveland, Mass.) finished with five kills and a .444 hitting percentage. Sophomore setter Avery Pollard (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) directed the offense with 36 assists and senior Taryn Higareda (Rosemead, Calif.) matched Racevicius with 12 digs along the backline for the Raiders.
Framingham State was guided by sophomore Brandee Thomas (North Kingstown, R.I.) who led the team with nine kills and junir Bradley Rodriguez (Lawrence, Mass.) who added six kills in the loss. Junior Morgan Failla (Providence, R.I.) was the assist leader at 14 while sophomore Alyssa Cafarelli (Peoria, Ariz.) picked up nine digs for the Rams.
Game Three: Rivier University 3, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth 0 (Final)
The train kept rolling for Rivier in the final match of the day as they defeated the Corsairs by set scores of 25-21, 25-18 and 25-19.
Senior Taylor Dunster (Sutton, Mass.) was the game-leader for the Raiders as she enjoyed an all-around effort of 12-kills, .400 hitting percentage and eight digs in the finale. Whyte continued her success with a nine-kill, three total block night and Pollard added 33 assists to her day in the win. Freshman Olivia Garand (Litchfield, N.H.) was the dig-leader with 13 while also adding a kill and a service ace.
UMD senior Nicole Silverman (Chelmsford, Mass.) led the Corsiars with eight kills and sophomore Emma Aillet (Deer Park, Texas) added six in the losing effort. Freshman Courtney Carreiro (Dartmouth, Mass.) and senior Jordan Rittberger (Huntington, N.Y.) combined for 18 assists (10 and 8 each respectively) while classmate Jillian Sykora (Waterford, Conn.) picked up a team-high nine digs.
Next up for Rivier will be a Great Northeast Athletic Conference road trip to Boston, Massachusetts on Wednesday night as they take on Simmons University at 7pm.