Western volleyball comes from behind to defeat Keene State, 3-1


DANBURY, CT (Oct. 9) —  After dropping the opening set, the Western Connecticut State University women's volleyball team came from behind to defeat visiting Keene State College, 3-1, at Feldman Arena on Tuesday night.

The Colonials, 12-10 overall, defeated the Owls, 21-25, 26-24, 25-19, 25-17 to remain undefeated, along with three-time defending champion UMass Boston, at 4-0, in Little East Conference play.

In the fourth and deciding set, the Owls jumped out to 10-8 lead before sophomore Nina Wojtkiewicz (Griswold, CT) rattled off nine straight service points to give Western a comfortable 17-10 lead. She finished the night with one ace, was second on the team with 10 kills and recorded a team-high 26 digs.

Paxton Thornton (Sharon, CT) and Melanie Lombardi (Danbury, CT) gave the Colonials a presence at the net as they registered 16 and nine kills, respectively. Both hitters missed this past weekend's dual matches on the road, losses to Western New England and Babson College.

Sophomore Jenny Hogan (Franklin Square, NY) patrolled the offense and dished out a game-high 38 assists on the night.

For Keene State, Samantha Branning (Glastonbury, CT) led the attackers with 11 kills, closely followed by Kaylee Deluga (Barnstable, MA) and Angela Silveri (Poughquag, NY) who put away 10 and nine kills, respectively.

Sammy Dormio (Leesburg, VA) registered a game-high 30 digs.

In the middle, Haley Willumsen (Shelter Island, NY) and Alexis Michal (Windham, NH) dished out 25 and 23 dimes, respectively for the Owls.

Western hits the road for five straight matches beginning with a trip to Montclair State University this Thursday, October 11. First serve is slated for 7 pm.