Western volleyball falls to in-state rival Trinity College, 3-1


DANBURY, CT (Sep. 12) —  The Western Connecticut State University volleyball team dropped a hard-fought match against in-state rival Trinity College, 3-1, Wednesday night at Western’s Feldman Arena.

In game one, Trinity College went on a 13-3 run to turn a 3-3 tie into a 16-6 Bantam lead.  Trinity still held a 10-point 21-11 lead when Western went on a 6-2 run to narrow the gap to 23-17.  Trinity controlled the final two points of game one for a 25-17 win.

In game two, it was Western’s turn to take a 3-3 tie and build a lead.  Behind the hitting of sophomore Nina Wojtkiewicz (Griswold, CT), the Colonials went on a 9-1 run to claim a 12-4 lead.  Western maintained a comfortable lead throughout, and then held off a late Trinity comeback attempt, led by the hitting of junior Hannah Brickley (Melrose, MA), to take a 25-20 victory an even the match at 1-1.

Game three proved to be a battle from start to finish.  With the score tied at 9-9, Trinity scored four unanswered points for a 13-9 lead, prompting a Western timeout.  Behind two more kills from Wojtkiewicz and two from senior Paxton Thornton (Sharon, CT) Western battled back to even the score at 17-all.  Neither team led by more than one point for the remainder of the game until Trinity scored back to back points at 25-all to win game three and take a 2-1 lead in the match.

For the fourth game in a row, the two teams battled to an early 3-3 tie before Trinity moved out to a 10-6 lead, resulting in a Western timeout.  Trinity scored the next two points coming out of the timeout, but Western came back to narrow the margin to 15-13.  Leading 18-16, Trinity then went on a 5-0 run for a commanding 23-16 lead.  After a Western side-out, Trinity took the game’s final two points for a 25-17 game-three victory, and a 3-1win for the match.

For the match, Wojtkiewicz led Western with 12 kills followed by Thorton with 11.  Sophomore Jennifer Hogan (Franklin Square, NY) handed out 33 assists to lead the Colonials, while sophomore Shirley Rodriquez (Rio Grande, Puerto Rico) led with 49 digs.

Statistical leaders for Trinity were Brickley with 19 kills and 16 digs, senior Danielle Isaman (Warrenton, VA) with 14 kills, freshman Kate Giddens (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) with nine kills and 14 digs, junior Amy Hackett (Wallingford, CT) with 29 assists, and freshman Gina Buzzelli (Cheshire, CT) with 19 assists.

With the loss, Western falls to 3-5 on the season, while Trinity remains undefeated on the season at 4-0.  The Colonials return to action on Saturday, September 15, when they host Little East Conference rival Plymouth State at Feldman arena at noon, followed by a non-conference matchup with Lasell at 4:00pm.

Trinity             -           25    20    27    25    -     3
Western         -           17    25    25    17    -     1