Volleyball Falls to Wentworth For First Time in Over 20 Years

Megan Julian, Herald Reporter

Although the women’s volleyball team played with passion in their game against Wentworth Institute of Technology, they fell to the Leopards 3-1 on Sept. 27..

According to records dating back to 1993, this is the first time they have lost to the Leopards. The matches were intense with lots of communication and hard hits back and forth. Neither team gained a comfortable lead in the first set as both teams were trading points. There were 14 ties within the first set and four lead changes between the teams. In the end, Wentworth broke the tie to win the set by two for a final score of 26-24.

The second set was very much like the first, with the two sides neck and neck for the majority of the set. There were nine ties and four lead changes throughout the set. The fans were watching and cheering with excitement — they couldn’t take their eyes away from the game. The second set ended with the Leopards getting a 25-21 win over the Hawks.

The third set was the most intense. With the Hawks facing a potential sweep, they knew they had to make a change in that moment in the beginning of the third set. The teams were tied 8-8 in the third set but gradually RWU began to gain a lead of one point that stayed consistent. The Hawks took advantage and won the set 25-23.

In the last set, RWU fell behind the Leopards early and were playing catch-up for most of it. But the team didn’t give up, and tied the game twice — 7-7 earlier on in the set and 18-18 later. In the final moments of the match, RWU went down by two with a 23-21 score, and eventually fell to the Leopards 25-21.

The coach declined to comment after the loss. The players that stood out this game were junior Lara Lolacono who led RWU with 11 kills and 13 digs, senior Jill McManaman who had nine kills, three aces and eight blocks and junior Julia fields who had 30 assists.