Leicester, Mass. – Capping off a solid week, the Becker College volleyball team evened its record by sweeping a tri match on Saturday (September 26). The Hawks beat Lyndon State University, 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-14) then finished the day by sweeping University of Maine Presque Isle, 3-0 (25-6, 25-20, 25-17).
The two wins improved Becker's record to 6-6. UMPI defeated Lyndon State in a neutral site match, 3-1. The Owls are now 2-16 while Lyndon State fell to 2-5 with the two losses.
Continuing its run of strong serving at home, the Hawks started the day with 19 aces against Lyndon State with six coming from Marissa Turner (Coventry, Mass.) and four each from Kayla Dupree (North Bergen, N.J.) and Ashley Peterson (Johnson, R.I.). In addition, Becker hit .221 while holding LSU to a .014 clip.
Turner led all players with eight kills while adding 11 digs. Dupree had seven kills and three blocks. Setter Charlene Landry (Gorham, Maine) recorded a match-high 23 assists and libero Brittney Bullis (Stafford, Va.) led all players with 12 digs.
Lyndon pulled to within a point, 12-11, in set one, but committed an error on the next play that ignited a 6-0 Becker run that put the set out of reach. Set two was close, 15-13, until a Cheyenne Melanson (Sandown, N.H.) ace started another 6-0 Hawks run that included all four of Peterson's aces. In the third set, Turner's serve turned a 10-8 match into a 19-8 Becker lead that sealed the victory.
The UMPI match was much of the same as the Hawks recorded 20 more aces with Turner and Bullis accounting for six each. Becker hit a season-high .356 with 36 kills, 12 coming off the right arm of Dupree.
Landry guided the Hawks' offense with 26 assists to go along with four kills, four digs and three aces. Bullis lead the team defensively at 10 digs. Turner was second on the team at eight kills and Samantha Caouette (Mongtague, Mass.) was close behind with a half dozen.
Becker came out in charge of the first set, running out to a 10-4 lead that was expanded to as many as 19 points (24-5) thanks to eight-straight points off Turner's serve. UMPI responded by getting out to an early lead in the second set, but the Hawks fought back to tie it at 15-15. The two teams went back-and-forth until a Turner ace and kill gave the Hawks a 21-19 advantage. Caouette finished off the set with back-to-back kills. The Hawks jumped out to a 16-7 lead in the third set, but the Owls fought back to within 17-13. However, Becker righted the ship and put the match away thanks to two Dupree aces and a Turner kill.
The Hawks play their last tune-up match, traveling to Suffolk on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. contest, before New England Collegiate Conference play starts next Saturday.