Northfield, VT- The Lasell College women's volleyball team opened up Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play at 1-1 this weekend during a tri-match at Norwich University on Saturday, defeating Emmanuel College, 3-0, after falling to the hosting Cadets, 3-0, in the earlier match.
The Lasers played three extremely close sets against Norwich, forcing extra points in the second and third games before falling by the obligatory two points at the conclusion of each set. The match was ultimately won by the home team 25-21, 28-26, and 26-24.
Meghan Crozier (Ballston Spa, NY) quarterbacked the team with her seventh double-double of the season, which includes the last four matches in a row. Crozier put together 24 assists and 13 digs in the match.
Marissa Visocchi (Whitman, MA) led all defenders on both sides of the net with 14 digs. First year athletes Alexis Chappell (Springfield, MA) and Anna Feeter (Peterborough, NH) added nine and eight digs respectively to help defend the court. Chappell added six kills on offense and Feeter managed two service aces in the match.
Senior middle hitter Danielle Drapeau (Biddeford, ME) put away nine kills for Lasell to lead the team on offense, while also swinging for a .412 attack percentage. Eileen Barrett (Ludlow, MA) added eight kills and a .357 clip. The senior pair added nine solo blocks between them; Drapeau with five and Barrett with four.
In the second match of the day for Lasell, the Lasers defeated the Saints for the first time since the 2007 season. Each of the three sets were tightly played this time around as well, but Lasell topped Emmanuel 25-20, 27-25, and 25-19 for the win.
Crozier's second double-double of the day came off of 27 assists and 14 digs against the Saints. Stella Edwards (Quincy, MA) was the top Laser defender in this contest, picking up 17 digs in the back court. Additionally, Feeter and Sara Biondo (Coventry, RI) added a combined 24 digs in the match.
The attack was guided by Drapeau and Chappell who put down 22 points on their swings. Chappell was the top Laser in the kills column with 12 while Drapeau followed closely behind with the additional 10. Biondo added eight more and Feeter tied in four. Drapeau and Barrett teamed up for individual blocks in the contest, while the team had an overall total of seven blocks in the contest.
The Lasers are now 7-7 overall and 1-1 in conference play and will return to non-conference action on Monday, September 26th at Bridgewater State University, at 7:00 p.m.