Central Connecticut won its third straight Northeast Conference match with a 3-0 win over St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday. Junior Emma Henderson posted a double-double with 11 kills and 14 digs for the Blue Devils. CCSU plays at Sacred Heart on Friday.
Score: CCSU 3, St. Francis Brooklyn 0 (25-22, 25-12, 25-16)
Records: CCSU (7-9, 3-1 NEC), SFBK (6-11, 1-3 NEC)
Location: Detrick Gymnasium (New Britain, CT)
"We knew we had to prepare very well to play against this team [St. Francis Brooklyn]," said head coach Linda Sagnelli. "They have a new coaching staff, a lot of new players, and it's a new dynamic that they have. They've taken steps forward with the new coaching staff. We did a good job of handling everything that they showed us today."
- Central held a 10-5 lead in the opening set before St. Francis scored five unanswered points. Freshman Molly Pincince served four straight points to help CCSU go ahead, 23-16. The Blue Devils took the set on a kill by senior Gala Galabova.
- CCSU took control in the second set, scoring eight straight points with senior Madelyn Kaprelyan serving seven points to go ahead 17-9. Central scored the final three points of the set
- CCSU built a 6-1 lead in the third set and did not trail. A run of seven straight points built the Central lead to 19-9 before kills by junior Samantha McCreath and Kaprelyan ended the match.
NUMBER TO KNOW
.051 - The CCSU defense held SFBK to a negative hitting percentage in two sets on Friday night.
- Central has won seven straight matches against the Terriers, dating back to Oct. 23, 2015.
- Senior Madelyn Kaprelyan was announced as a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award on Thursday.
- The Blue Devils are 3-1 in NEC play for the second straight season.
- Junior Samantha McCreath had 11 kills, hitting .417, and added six digs.
- Senior Madelyn Kaprelyan had 21 assists with eight kills and four digs.
- Senior Erin Mcdermott had 17 assists and junior Ashlyn Eisenga had 18 digs.
CCSU plays at Sacred Heart on Friday, Oct. 11, at 5:00 p.m.