Volleyball Falls to LIU in NEC Championship Match

The Central Connecticut women's volleyball team fell to LIU Brooklyn in the Northeast Conference Championship match on Sunday afternoon.  The Blackbirds (23-7) won 25-12, 25-19, 25-14 to sweep the match.  The Blue Devils (21-9) were led by senior Veronika Ban and sophomore Makenna Lommori who were named to the All-Tournament Team.

LIU controlled the action throughout the match with a .465 team hitting percentage.  The Blackbirds also had 10 blocks in the contest.

For the Blue Devils, freshman Cassidy Stankowski posted a team-high seven kills.  She also had seven digs and contributed to a block.  Freshman Brooke Schwab (4), Lommori (3), Trueman (3) and junior Rachel Dunlap (2) also contributed multiple kills.

Lommori finished the match with 23 assists.  During the second set she passed 1,000 assists for the season.  She also surpassed 1,000 assists as a freshman and has 2,074 assists over two seasons at CCSU.

The Blue Devils played their best in the second set of the match, despite falling behind 9-1.  A kill by Schwab, with the assist of Lommori, made it a 11-4 score and handed service to Ban.  Ban delivered three straight aces to pull CCSU back into the match at 11-7.  The rally gave CCSU the momentum, but the Blue Devils were unable to overcome the Blackbirds and fell 25-19 in the set.

Dunlap extended her school record for total blocks in a season to 163 with a pair of block assists in the match.

CCSU finishes the season with three players with 100+ total blocks, Dunlap (163), Schwab (112) and Ban (100).  As a team CCSU posted 302 total blocks on the season.

The Blue Devils also fell to the Blackbirds in the NEC Tournament finals last season.

The 21 wins this season tie for the second most in a year under head coach Linda Sagnelli.  It is also Sagnelli's fifth 20-win campaign at CCSU.