The Central Connecticut women's volleyball team posted a 3-1 home victory in the Northeast Conference finale on Friday night, topping Bryant University to move to 10-6 in league play on the season. The Blue Devils will now sit and wait, as league play finishes on Saturday, to learn their fate for next week's NEC Tournament. A Sacred Heart victory over Bryant will give the Blue Devils a trip to Robert Morris next week for the league's tournament. A Bryant victory knocks out the Blue Devils.
Senior Madelyn Kaprelyan did what she has done her entire career for the Blue Devils. She posted 18 kills, 26 assists and 17 digs to record the triple-double on Senior Night, as CCSU moved to 14-14 overall on the year. Junior Emma Henderson had a match-high 19 kills to lead the offense.
Score: CCSU 3, Bryant 1 (24-26, 25-20, 25-22, 25-21))
Records: CCSU (14-14, 10-6 NEC), Bryant (15-16, 110-5 NEC)
Location: Detrick Gymnasium (New Britain, CT)
"They [the team] came to play tonight and I think that this was one of the best volleyball matches that we've played all year, and our seniors killed it," said head coach Linda Sagnelli.
- Down one set, and trailing 10-5, CCSU won 20 of the match's next 30 points to tie the match 1-1 with a 25-20 win in set two.
- The match featured 43 tie scores, and 21 lead changes in the four sets.
- Needing a win to stay alive for the NEC Tournament, the Blue Devils posted 13 team blocks, including five block assists from senior Morgan Woycik, freshman Isabelle Roufs and junior Nicole Kramer.
NUMBER TO KNOW
61 - Central record 61 kills and just 24 errors to hit .210 in the match.
- Both Kaprelyan and senior setter Erin McDermott, playing in their final home matches of their careers, posted 26 assists. CCSU had 58 total assists in the win.
- Junior Samantha McCreath posted seven kills and 24 digs.
- Kaprelyan's triple-double was her sixth of the season, the third-highest total in the country.
- Junior Ashlyn Eisenga had 17 digs to help pace the Blue Devil defense.