NEWTON, Mass. – Sophomore Kiana Perez Diaz (Juncos, P.R.) smashed a team-high 10 kills and eight service aces Saturday afternoon as Lasell University women's volleyball team defeated the Falcons of Fitchburg State University in straight sets, 3-0, in the home opener in the Athletic Center.
The Lasers won by set scores of 25-17, 25-12 and 25-10, improving their season record to 2-4. Fitchburg State drops to 1-4.
Senior Amanda DiLeonardo (West Haven, Conn.) and sophomore Meg Roberts (Newington, Conn.) added seven kills apiece in the win, and Roberts posted a team-high 10 digs. DiLeonardo had a team-best .438 attack percentage and Roberts hit at a .312 clip.
Sophomore Meredith Taylor and senior Emily Beauvais shared the Falcons lead with five kills apiece, with Taylor registering a .500 hitting percentage. Chloe Guzman recorded a team-high eight digs.
Lasell pulled ahead 9-1 in the first set before the Falcons clawed their way back. The Lasers were up 11-7 before posting five straight points to move ahead, 16-7, and went on to take the set, 25-17.
The Lasers held an 11-8 lead in the second set, then ran off eight straight points on the serving of Gaughan, to open up a double-digit margin, and went on to take the second set, 25-12.
With a 4-2 lead in the third set, Lasell won 11 of the next 12 points to take a commanding lead. The Lasers never looked back and took a 25-10 verdict in the third set.
Lasell will look to keep rolling as the Lasers head into Boston next Tuesday, September 10, to take on Wentworth Institute of Technology at 7 p.m.
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