NEWTON, Mass. (10/31/17) – Junior Olivia Addington (Orange, Calif.) became the third Lasell women's volleyball player to reach the 1,000 kills milestone in a 3-0 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) quarterfinal victory against Regis (Mass.) on Tuesday evening.
The Lasers break a 10-year playoff win drought, as Lasell last won a quarterfinal game on October 30, 2007 against Norwich University.
Addington sits behind Danielle Drapeau '12, and Lasell's all-time kills leader Angele Lavoie Piotrowski '07, who is currently the only female student-athlete to reach 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. Piotrowski was recently inducted into Lasell's inaugural Hall of Fame and leads the program with 1,392 kills. Addington is on the grind to top both categories, with 1,002 kills and 823 digs in just three seasons played.
Lasell earned the clean sweep victory by set scores of 25-9, 25-22, and 25-16, and improve to 15-19 overall. The Pride conclude their inaugural season with the GNAC holding a 12-16 record.
Addington swung into 12 kills, three aces, and 10 digs for a match-leading 15.5 points. Teammate Mickayla Shelburn (Waterford, Conn.) matched the junior's kill total, while Michele Canestro (Castleton, N.Y.) followed with an eight-kill, nine-dig performance. The power defense was orchestrated by senior Caitlyn Garcia's (Moreno Valley, Calif.) 12 digs, while Taylor Tiezzi (Meriden, Conn.) dished out 30 assists, nine away from a program record in three sets.
While no member of the Pride reached double-digit kill numbers, Shay Faber (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) led the attack on five kills while adding eight assists. Eight of 12 players that saw the court registered a defensive dig, led by Katryna Veasey (Quincy, Mass.), who hit the floor for 10 total.
The Lasers will travel to top-seeded Johnson & Wales University on Thursday, November 2 for the GNAC semifinal matchup.