BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- The Bridgewater State University volleyball team swept visiting Daniel Webster College, 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-20), in non-conference action on Wednesday night at the Tinsley Center.
The host Bears improve to 5-3 on the season with the win, while the Eagles slip to 0-4.
Sophomore setter Charleyne Panner (Gilford, N.H.) paced the hosts with 23 assist, two kills, one ace, 13 digs and a pair of assisted blocks. Sophomore outside hitters Clara Goncalves (Dennis, Mass.) and Hannah Maymon (Narragansett, R.I.) tallied eight kills apiece, while junior middle hitter Julie Hutchins (Bellingham, Mass.) notched five kills, four blocks (two solo) and an ace. Senior Sarah Mullarkey (Salem, Mass.) added 15 digs as well as an ace.
Bridgewater held a comfortable lead throughout most of the opening game and coasted to the 25-16 victory. Game two was knotted at 12-12 when senior outside hitter Rebecca Morse (Norton, Mass.) notched ten straight points off the serve including a pair of aces as the Bears would go on to win 25-14. Freshman libero Jacqueline O'Brien (Arlington, Mass.) notched five straight points off the serve to break a 7-7 deadlock in game three. The Bears would hold a 23-16 advantage before Daniel Webster freshman outside hitter Courtney Warrington (Canton, Texas) reeled off three consecutive aces and four straight points on the serve to pull the Eagles to within 23-20. Back-to-back errors by the visitors, however, would end the game and the match.
Warrington led the way for the Eagles with six aces, seven kills, four digs and an assisted block. Senior setter Sarah Durocher (Keene, N.H.) chipped in with ten assists, two aces, five digs and a pair of assisted blocks, while freshman outside hitter Amanda Gendron (Mont Vernon, N.H.) added three aces, three kills, three digs, two assists and a solo block.
BSU tallied 32 kills, 49 digs and six aces in the match. The Bears also recorded a team attack percentage of .222. Hutchins led all players with a .556 hitting percentage while Maymon and Goncalves checked in at .400 and .353, respectively.
Daniel Webster finished with 12 aces in the match led by Warrington's six. The Eagles struggled on the attack committing 18 errors and posting .011 hitting percentage.
Bridgewater will compete at the Cardinal Classic hosted by Plattsburgh State on Friday and Saturday. The Bears will open the tournament with a seven o'clock match against Elms College on Friday night. Daniel Webster will travel to Gordon College on Saturday for a tri-match with UMass Dartmouth (noon) and the host Fighting Scots (10:00 AM).