SPRINGFIELD, MA- The Lasell College Women's Volleyball team opened the 2010 season this past weekend at the annual Springfield College Tournament, dropped three sets to tough regional competition. The Lasers faced Roger Williams University, Brandeis University, and Westfield State College over the course of the two day tournament.
On Friday afternoon, Lasell's first match of the year, the Lasers challenged Roger Williams University losing in three straight sets; 25-15, 25-14, 25-12.
Freshman outside Taylor Riley (Greencastle, PA) led the team in digs for the match with a total of nine over the course of the three sets. Junior middle hitter Danielle Drapeau (Biddeford, ME) produced six total kills for the Lasers, as well as three blocks to lead the team in both categories. Junior setter Meghan Crozier (Ballston Spa, NY) finished the match with a total of 17 assists against the Hawks.
The Lasers second match of the tournament was against the Judges of Brandeis University, on Saturday morning at Dana Gymnasium. Lasell fell to the Judges 25-19, 25-17, and 25-20 in straight sets.
Junior Eileen Barrett (Ludlow, MA) led the team in hitting percentage (.300) going 8-for-20 in kills, with just two error. Junior outside hitter Jenna Lynn Geary (Marion, MA) had an impressive 16 digs in the contest leading the team while senior captain Melanie Costa (Ludlow, MA) also produced nine digs for Lasell. Crozier had 22 assists along with seven total digs in the contest.
In the third and final game of the tournament for Lasell, the Lasers were defeated by the Westfield State Owls in three close sets 25-22, 25-18, and 25-21. Riley and freshman Sarah Eisenberg (Westfield, MA) led the team in digs with a total of nine each. Costa added six more digs for Lasell in the contest. Drapeau finished with the second highest hitting percentage (.320) going 9-for-25, while Barrett went 5-for-15 with no attack errors and a .333 clip, good for best on the team. Crozier distributed 18 assists in the final match of the weekend.
Barrett lead the team in hitting percentage in all three games over the tournament while Crozier produced 57 total assists over the weekend.
The Lasers return home with a 0-3 record and return to action on Tuesday, September 7th when they host the Lynx of Lesley University at 7:00 p.m. in the Athletic Center.
Story by: Olivia Coiro