LEICESTER, Mass. – After dropping its first match of the day, the Becker College volleyball team rebounded to beat Pine Manor to earn a split of the day's tri match. The Hawks lost to Lesley University, 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-26) then beat the Gators 3-1 (23-25, 25-18, 25-9, 25-12).
The split moved Becker's record to 10-12 overall. The loss to Lesley dropped the Hawks to 2-2 in the New England Collegiate Conference.
Freshman Kayla Dupree (North Bergen, NJ) led the Hawks offensively with 12 kills in the first match and nine more in the second. She added 11 total digs and five blocks between the two matches. Junior Marissa Turner (Coventry, RI) was next offensively with four kills versus Lesley plus seven more against the Gators. The middle blocker added 14 digs versus Pine Manor.
Libero Brittneyy Bullis (Stafford, Va.) reached double-digit figure digs in both matches with 17 against Leslie and 12 more versus Pine Manor. Setter Charlene Landry (Gorham, Maine) had 24 assists in both matches.
After dropping the first set against Pine Manor, the Hawks responded with aggressive serving in last three frames that was the difference in the contest. For the match, Becker had 19 service aces, including seven from Bullis.
In the first match, Lesley setter Emily Marden led all players with 29 kills while libero Danielle McDonald was tops at 18 digs. Kaylee Deluga tied Dupree at 12 kills.
Becker started the day by spotting Lesley a 12-7 lead, but a kill by Cheyenne Melason (Sandown, N.H) ignited a 9-2 run that staked the Hawks to a 16-12 advantage. The Lynx battled back to tie the match at 16-16. The two teams traded the lead back and forth until Lesley closed the set on a 6-2 run.
Both teams had multi-point runs in set two with three aces from Turner giving Becker a 12-9 advantage. The Lynx answered with a 10-4 run of their own to claim a 16-12 advantage. The Hawks rallied to take a 23-22 lead on a Bullis kill, but Lesley came back to win the last three points and take the set.
The rookie libero Bullis got Becker out to a fast start in the third set with a 7-0 run from her serve. The Hawks extended their lead to 11-3 before the Lynx mounted a comeback. Lesley closed the match on a 19-5 run to secure the victory.
The Hawks are back in action on Tuesday (October 20) when they travel to Regis for a 7 p.m NECC showdown.