Leicester, Mass. – A rare rematch between non-conference, crosstown rivals went the same way as the first meeting. Unfortunately, for the Becker College volleyball team, the Hawks came out on the short end again. Becker dropped a 3-0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-19) decision to Worcester State University on Thursday (October 8).
The loss dropped Becker to 7-10. The Lancers improved to 6-10.
The Lancers' offense was the difference as they hit .333 with 40 kills, compared to 23 kills and a .132 hitting percentage for the Hawks. WSU also had double the number of services aces (12-to-6).
Junior Marissa Turner (Coventry, Mass.) and freshman Kayla Dupree (North Bergen, N.J.) led Becker with six kills apiece. Turner added three aces while Dupree recorded a trio of blocks. Freshman setter Brittany Bullis (Stafford, Va.) notched a match-high 10 digs. Setter Charlene Landry (Gorham, Maine) posted 18 assists.
Worcester State's Jennifer Cabral recorded a match-high 13 kills. Setter Jamika Townsend had 26 assists.
The first set started as a back and forth contest that was tied at 10-10 on a Becker error. Unfortunately for the hosts, Becker allowed the Lancers to go on an 8-1 run that secured the first set for the visitors. A similar run off the serve of WSU's Elexi Miskiv in the second set turned a 5-5 tie into a 12-5 Lancer advantage that Becker could not come back from.
The teams traded service runs in the third set with Turner and Bullis going on an 8-2 streak to put the Hawks ahead, 16-15. However, Becker couldn't sustained that momentum and the Lancers scored five points off Cabral's serve on their way to winning the deciding set, 25-19
Becker plays a non-conference tri-match on Saturday when it travels to Wentworth to take on the Leopards (11 a.m.) and Mass-Maritime (1 p.m.).