BRISTOL, R.I. - On opening night of the volleyball season, the Lions traveled south for the Roger Williams University Invitational, returning home at 1-1 following a 3-0 victory against Colby-Sawyer College and a 3-0 loss to host Roger Williams.
Match 1: Emerson 3 - Colby-Sawyer 0
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Match 2: Roger Williams 3 - Emerson 0
Hawks sophomore Lara Loiacono (Lynbrook, N.Y.) finished the match with a game-high 12 kills on 20 attempts, posting a .400 hitting percentage and leading Roger Williams University to a straight sets (25-17, 25-19, 25-16) victory over Emerson College on Saturday night at the Roger Williams Invitational.
Hawks junior Nicki Fallisi (Salem, N.H.) finished with seven kills and 12 digs. Sophomore setter Julia Fields (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) averaged over 10 assists per set, finishing with 31 on the evening. Senior Meghan Chartier (Palatine, Ill.) contributed a match-high 15 digs.
Lions freshman Grace Tepper (Kensington, Md.) finished with a double-double, contributing 10 kills and 12 digs; both team-highs. Junior Kelley Guerra (Randolph, N.J.) filled the stat sheet, putting up seven kills, three total blocks, and one ace. Junior Moira Brennan (Glenview, Ill.) added 18 assists for the Lions.
An early set 8-2 run for the Eagles helped open up a 14-6 lead in the opening set. The Lions would get within four in the late stages of the set, but the Eagles shut the door with four straight points, capped off by a Lions error, giving the first set to Roger Williams, 25-17.
In set two, five straight points for the Lions would give them the early momentum, 10-5. The Lions held control into the later stages, even opening up a six point edge. However, the Eagles finished the set winning 16 of 21 points, finished by a Field's ace, giving the Eagles the second set win, 25-19.
In set three, Roger Williams controlled the final set from the beginning, opening the third by winning nine of 10 points. The Eagles cruised through set three, trading points with the Lions, but never enough to let Emerson back in the set. A Lions attack error would be the final shot of the evening as the Eagles took the third set, 25-16.
The Lions split results in a 1-1 record after the first tri-match of the season. Roger Williams won a pair of games and start the season 2-0. The Lions prepare for two other members of the Roger Williams Invitational tomorrow as they face Framingham State at 1:00 p.m., followed by Keene State at 3:00 p.m. Framingham State played one match; a 3-0 loss to Roger Williams. Keene State also played a single match, defeating Bridgewater State in straight sets.