BANGOR, Maine – The Curry College women's volleyball team wrapped up a full weekend at the Husson Eagles Classic on Saturday afternoon. The Colonels played four matches over two days, finishing the weekend 1-3. Following the full slate, Curry's record sits at 2-3 on the year.
Match One: Plattsburgh 3, Curry 2 (25-19, 21-25, 25-20, 11-25, 15-9)
In their first match of the tournament, on Friday night, the Colonels fell to the Cardinals of Plattsburgh in a back-and-forth five-setter. The Cardinals took an early edge, closing out the first set with a 25-19 victory. Curry got right back into it, though, taking the second frame by a score of 25-21. After Plattsburgh took a 2-1 edge thanks to a 25-20 third set, the Colonels responded with a dominant fourth set victory, 25-11. Curry entered the fifth set sporting a .197 hitting percentage, topping Plattsburgh's clip of .178, but the Cardinals went on to hit .600 in the fifth set, which helped them wrap up the victory with a 15-9 score.
Amanda Wood (Tokyo, Japan, 19) and Lexi Pereira (Attleboro, Mass., 14) each recorded double-digit kills for the Colonels, while the Cardinals were led by Michelle Simmons (Riverside, Calif., 16), Megan Hyde (Schenectady, N.Y., 14), and Rachel Mennonna (Selden, N.Y., 10). Lex Bell (Salem, Conn.) recorded a game-high 39 assists while Plattsburgh's dual setters Brianna Coon (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) and Allyssa Rock (West Chazy, N.Y.) each topped 20 helpers (22 and 21, respectively). Bell and Shea Mathews (Concord, N.H.) each collected 18 digs for Curry, while Hyde led the Cardinals with 17. For the Colonels, Mathews and Pereira each registered five service aces.
After a 3-1 weekend, the Cardinals move to 4-4 on the season.
Match Two: Curry 3, St. Joseph's (Maine) 1 (25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 25-18)
Heading into Saturday, the Colonels were looking to rebound as they took on the Monks of St. Joseph's (Maine). Curry took the first set by a score of 25-20, before closing out a tight second set 25-22 to take a two-game edge. Looking to avoid the sweep, the Monks managed to squeeze out a 25-23 win in set three, but the Colonels closed out the match by taking the fourth game 25-18.
In the victory, the Colonels were again led by Wood, who racked up 12 kills, while Rachel Damstra (Houston, Texas) registered her first double-digit kill performance of the year with 10. Bell collected 40 assists and 18 digs, while Faith Herity (River Edge, N.J.) recorded 18 digs of her own to tie for the team lead. Damstra also picked up four aces in the win. The Monks offense ran through Kelsey Bickford (Somersworth, N.H.), whose 13 kills topped all players in the match. Madison Provencher (Rochester, N.H.) also registered a game-high with her 26 digs, while setter Hanna Holden (Stoughton, Mass.) rounded out the stat sheet with 29 helpers.
Following their 0-4 weekend, the Monks move to 0-7 on the young season.
Match Three: Husson 3, Curry 0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-17)
Following the win, the Colonels got underway with host Husson. The Eagles took an early 1-0 lead thanks to a first set score of 25-19. Despite the close first game, the Colonels failed to knot things up after two, dropping the second frame 25-13. The hosts finished the sweep in the third by a 25-17 margin.
Husson sported two players with double-digit digs in Adrienne Beatty (Rochester, N.H., 15) and Cat Torres (San Antonio, Texas, 12). Hanna Hembrow (Milford, N.H.) led the match with 27 assists, thanks largely in part to 14 kills off of swings by Mary Grace Power (Bellerose Village, N.Y.). Power also had six aces in the match. Herity and Wood had two kills apiece for the Colonels while Bell led the way in helpers (6) and digs (13).
The Eagles move to 3-5 on the year, thanks to a 2-2 weekend. The Colonels will see Husson again next weekend, as Curry hosts a tri-match, welcoming in the Eagles as well as the Saints of Emmanuel College.
Match Four: Bates 3, Curry 0 (25-16, 25-10, 25-8)
In their final match of the tournament, Curry faced off with Bates, who came into the match undefeated on the weekend. The Bobcats took control early, taking the first set 25-16 to go up 1-0. Curry attempted to even things up, but fell well short in the second set, as Bates took the game 25-10 to go up 2-0, before completing the sweep thanks to a 25-8 third set.
Despite not having a player reach 10 kills in the match, Bates boasted four players with five kills each while Delaney Mayfield (Santa Barbara, Calif.) topped the team with eight. Julia Panepinto (Buffalo, N.Y.) registered a match-high 19 assists while Olivia McCulloch (Sunderland, Mass., 14) and Ruby Lightbourn (Los Angeles, Calif., 12) led the way in digs. Lightbourn also picked up five service aces. The Colonels were led by a pair of freshmen as Brooke Reissfelder (Biddeford, Maine) collected 13 helpers and Lauren Guzman (Cranston, R.I.) put together five kills. Bell held down the defense, recording eight digs in a rare appearance at the Libero position.
The Bobcats took all four matches in which they played while in Bangor to start the season at 4-0 without having dropped a single set.
Following the weekend, the Colonels' Damstra (13 kills, 9 assists, 4 aces, 19 digs, and 2 blocks) and Wood (33 kills, 1 assist, 20 digs, and 4 blocks) were named to the second team All-Tournament Team.
Curry will enjoy a few days off before returning to action at home on Thursday, September 12. The Colonels welcome in the Mass. Maritime Buccaneers and will kick things off at 6:00 p.m.