Leicester, Mass. – A solid team effort and strong serving pushed the Becker College volleyball team its second win in a row. The Hawks downed Massachusetts Maritime for the second time this year with a 3-1 (27-25, 25-16, 21-25, 25-17) win on Tuesday (September 22) at the Leicester Gymnasium.
The victory improved Becker's record to 4-5 while the Buccaneers dropped to 1-8.
As has been the theme throughout the year, serving has been the difference in the outcome for the Hawks. Against Mass Maritime, Becker recorded 25 aces – the most by the Hawks since they dropped 25 versus the Buccaneers on October 8, 2012. The hosts also had a .135-to-.021 hitting advantage.
Becker got a great all-around game from sophomore setter Charlene Landry (Gorham, Maine) as she recorded match highs of 28 assists and eight aces, to go along with seven digs. Two Hawks reached double figures in kills, led by senior Samantha Caouette's (Montague, Mass.) match-high 13.
Freshman Kayla Dupree (North Bergen, N.J.) added 10 kills, eight digs and seven aces. Junior Marissa Turner (Coventry, R.I.) just missed a double-double with 11 digs and nine kills while adding four aces. Freshman Brittney Bullis (Stafford, Va.) had a team-high 16 digs.
Emma Ethier notched a match-high 17 digs for the Buccaneers. Charleen Klangos had a double-double for Mass Maritime with 10 digs and 10 kills.
The first set was a battle of who could serve the best. Kaleigh Hoffman opened with two aces as part of a three-point Buccaneer run then Landry had six of her own as the Hawks claimed a 7-4 lead. Becker appeared to have the match in hand, leading 20-17, but MMA went on an 8-2 run – that included four aces - to take a 25-24 lead. Becker responded with kills from Caoutte, Turner and Bullis to win the set 27-25.
Becker held a three-point margin, 18-15, in the second set but closed the stanza on a 7-1 run that included three aces, three Buccaneer errors and two Turner kills. Leading the third set, 10-5, The Hawks appeared to be on their way to a sweep. However, Mass Maritime went on a 13-6 run, that included nine BC errors, to take an 18-16 lead. The Hawks tied the set at 21-21, but couldn't get their offense going as they lost 25-21.
Landry and Dupree staked Becker to a 9-4 lead in the fourth set and the Hawks didn't look back the rest of the way. The lead grew to as many as eight, 19-11, on a Bullis' aces before the home team prevailed 25-17.
Becker travels to UMass Dartmouth on Thursday for a 7 p.m. tilt before returning home for a tri-match versus Lyndon State (12 p.m.) and Maine-Presque Isle (4 p.m.).