The Central Connecticut volleyball team fell in a rematch of last season's Northeast Conference championship, 3-1, at LIU Brooklyn on Saturday. Junior Madelyn Kaprelyan had her second triple-double of the year for the Blue Devils, while classmate Erin McDermott added a double-double. In a matchup of team's unbeaten in league play this season, CCSU fell by scores of 16-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-23.
Central slipped to 6-9 overall and 3-1 in the NEC, while LIU improved to 7-6 overall and 4-0 in the NEC.
The Blue Devils scored eight straight points to build an 8-1 lead in the opening game. Sophomore Emma Henderson had a run of three straight aces in the spurt. The lead would grow to as much as 19-7 as Central would grab control of the opening set to win, 25-16.
The two teams would go back-and-forth in the second game. A kill by Kaprelyan would give CCSU a late lead at 23-22, but the Blackbirds would rally and score three straight to take the game and even the match.
LIU took control of the third game with a 10-1 run that would give the hosts a 12-5 lead. CCSU would manage to cut the deficit to 17-14 after a kill by Kaprelyan, but the Blackbirds would maintain the lead and take the set, 25-19.
In the fourth game, LIU led in the early going before a run of four points on service by senior Raquel Quirarte would draw CCSU even at 17-17. The teams were tied at 20-20 before LIU scored back to back points to take the lead for good. Central would get within, 24-23, but the Blackbirds closed the set out to win the match.
Kaprelyan finished with 18 kills, 19 assists and 16 digs. McDermott had 25 assists and 11 digs. Senior Kaitlyn Kushman had 15 digs, while Quirarte had 14 digs and Henderson had 13 digs. Henderson and junior Morgan Woycik each added nine kills, along with junior Gala Galabova and sophomore Eline van Heijningen.
CCSU returns home to host Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday.