WESTFIELD, Mass. – Westfield State junior Ally Rega (Chelmsford, Mass.) totaled 40 assists in the Owls' double-header on Saturday at Rivier University, despite the two losses on the day to Roger Williams University and Rivier University.
Game One: Roger Williams University 3, Westfield State University 0
Roger Williams swept Westfield State by scores of 25-14, 25-22 and 25-13 in the first match of the day.
For Westfield State, freshman Olivia Elie (Rockland, Mass.) was the kill leader with seven in the contest and both senior Brianna Starkey (Rockalnd, Mass.) and freshman Shawna Crowley (Billerica, Mass.) added five kills each in the loss. Junior Ally Rega collected 18 assists and sophomore Lynn Shattuck (Townsend, Mass.) led the defense with nine-digs.
Senior Jill McManaman (Bellerose Village, N.Y.) guided the Hawks with 10 kills and a .533 hitting percentage as sophomore Katie Nugent (Lynnfield, Mass.) chipped in with eight-kills and eight-digs. Freshman Allie Welch (Marlborough, Conn.) passed out 29 assists while classmate Olivia Turcotte (South Kingstown, R.I.) picked up 10 digs along the backline.
Game Two: Rivier University 3, Westfield State University 0
Rivier defeated the Owls by set scores of 25-15, 25-18 and 25-19
Junior Natasha Belardo (Springfield, Mass.) provided a bright spot for the Owls as she led the team with six kills and also scooped up seven digs. Sophomore Jess Haradon (Mansfield, Mass.) was the dig leader with 12 and Rega totaled 22 assists in the finale. Starkey tied Belardo for the team-high with six kills and junior Hannah Simpkins (Walpole, N.H.) added a block solo and three kills for Westfield State.
Sydney Racevicius (Woodbury, Conn. / Cheshire Academy) was the leader for the Raiders with a nine-kill effort while Taylor Dunster (Sutton, Mass.) was a step behind with eight-kills. Sophomore Jillian Rabasco (Nashua, N.H.) smashed down seven kills with both junior Sunny Foglia (Remsenburg, N.Y.) and sophomore Julia Zargaj (Groveland, Mass.) adding four kills each. Foglia was electric on the defensive side of the net as she totaled five blocks in the night-cap. Macken handed out 20 assists to guide the offense and Dunster was the dig leader with 12. Sophomore Katherine Antczak (Salem, N.H.) added nine digs as well for the Raiders.
The Owls will be back in action at the Woodward Center on Wednesday, hosting local rival Elms College beginning at 7:00 p.m.
(Story courtesy of Rivier University Sports Information)