Women's Volleyball falls to Pilgrims in straight sets

Gillian Criddle

LEICESTER, Mass. --- The Becker College women's volleyball team lost in straight sets to the visiting team from New England College on Wednesday evening at the Leicester Gymnasium on the Becker campus in Leicester. Set scores were 25-19, 27-25, 25-18 in favor of the Pilgrims of NEC.

October 17, 2018
Leicester Gymnasium, Leicester
Score: NEC 3, Becker 0 (25-19, 27-25, 25-18)
Records: New England (10-17, 4-2 NECC) | Becker (10-8, 4-3 NECC)

• In the first set, Becker took a 5-1 lead off the serve of junior setter Olivia McGuinness (Colchester, Conn. / Bacon Academy). But NEC employed an 11-2 run with sophomore outside hitter Jada Small (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Monarch) serving for the bulk of it as the Pilgrims took a commanding lead and never looked back.
• The second set was competitive throughout, neither side able to pull away. The Hawks had a 25-24 lead with set point, but three straight kills from NEC freshman outside hitter Tihani Ehia (Kaneohe, Hawaii/James B. Castle) handed the visitors the set and the 2-0 lead.
• In the third and final set, Becker took an early 6-3 lead before NEC freshman setter Maggie Dadmun (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) led the Pilgrims to a 12-3 run off the strength of her serve. The Hawks were unable to recover, going down in three sets.
• NEC was led by Ehia with 15 kills and a .371 hitting percentage, this to go along with 22 digs and two aces. Small posted 11 kills and eight digs, while Dadmun and freshman setter Kenzie Barron (Clearfield, Utah/Clearfield) split setting duties with 21 and 20 assists each.
• Becker was paced by junior middle blocker Gillian Criddle (Earleville, Md. / Bohemia Manor) with six kills and four total blocks. Freshman libero Joanna Bampi (Peabody, Mass. / Peabody Veterans Memorial) and junior outside hitter Sofia Cullina (Deep River, Conn. / Valley Regional) each had a team-high 16 digs.

The Hawks look to bounce back on Saturday when they play at Southern Vermont College at 1:00 p.m. The Pilgrims host Bay Path on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.

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