SCHENECTADY, NY—Danielle Drapeau (Biddeford, ME) became the second Lasell College women's volleyball player to reach 1,000 career kills over the weekend at the Union College Invitational. The Lasers went 1-3 over the weekend against tough out of region competition, bringing their overall record to 8-14 (1-3 GNAC).
Drapeau achieved the 1,000 kill feat against Hartwick during the second match of the weekend. Her career total rests at 1,031 kills to date and she has a career average of 2.57 kills per set.
The Lasers opened the Friday night event with a 3-0 loss to Skidmore (25-19, 25-22, 25-10) and then dropped the second match in five sets to Hartwick (25-15, 22-25, 20-25, 25-19, 13-15). On Saturday, Lasell began by defeating Kean College, 3-2, by scores of 31-29, 16-25, 25-18, 20-15, 25-12, and then fell to the host, Union College, 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-22).
Alexis Chappell (Springfield, MA) was named to the All-Tournament team after recording 30 kills, 27 digs, and six blocks over the course of four matches.
In their opening match of the weekend, Lasell was led by a 23 assist, 10 dig performance by senior setter Meghan Crozier (Ballston Spa, NY). Helping out defensively was Sara Biondo (Coventry, RI) and Jenna Lynn Geary (Marion, MA) with nine digs each. Anna Feeter (Peterborough, NH) added eight defensive pick-ups.
Offensively, Drapeau notched seven kills while Biondo put down six and Chappell and Eileen Barrett (Ludlow, MA) had five each.
Drapeau notched her 1,000th career kills after a 15 kill performance against Hartwick. The senior middle had an outstanding .308 clip in the match, helping Lasell to an overall team hitting average of .137. She also contributed six solo blocks in the match.
Geary was incredible defensively with her first 30-dig night of the year. Crozier, Biondo, and Marissa Visocchi (Whitman, MA) also collected double-figures in the digs column. The trio combined for 45 digs. Crozier's second double-double of the weekend was made up of 34 assists and 17 digs.
Chappell had 10 kills against Hartwick and Stella Edwards (Quincy, MA) put away nine.
The Lasers sole win of the weekend was a five set match against Kean to start Saturday morning. Lasell pushed for extra-points to secure the first set win, 31-29, and then took the second set most easily, 25-16. After falling in the next two games, Lasell came back to defeat Kean 15-12 in the deciding set.
Drapeau once again led the team on the net with 15 kills and four blocks. She also contributed with eight defensive pick-ups. Barrett and Chappell scored 11 and 10 points respectively on their attack.
Crozier tallied her third double-double with 41 assists and 15 digs, adding two kills and two aces. Four more Lasers came out with double-figures in digs also. Visocchi led the team with 20 digs, Feeter followed with 18 and Chappell and Edwards added 11 and 10.
The final match of the weekend was a 3-0 sweep by the hosting Dutchwomen. Crozier had 19 assists in the match, along with nine digs. Drapeau notched five kills and six digs and Visocchi matched her in the dig column. Chappell and Biondo each collected seven digs with Chappell tallying five kills.
The Lasers next match is a home contest against local rivals Mount Ida College. The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) contest is slated to begin at 7:00 PM at the Athletic Center on Tuesday, October 11th.
MVP: Eve Richards #12 Union College
Casey Tepper #7 Union College
Kelley Vershbow #7 Skidmore College
Courtney Desmond #18 Hartwick College
Kaitlyn Hanson #11 Kean University
Alexis Chappell #5 Lasell College
Jessica Zerega #4 Oneonta College