Sept. 16, 2011
Setting the Scene
On the opening night of the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West Penn Invitational, Rhode Island fell to the University of Maryland/Baltimore County, 3-1, and then was swept by host Penn.
How It Happened
The first two sets were back-and-forth affairs against UMBC before the Retrievers pulled away with late runs. With the scored tied 19-19, UMBC took the final six points to secure the opening set. Rhode Island led the second set 14-12 before UMBC used a 9-0 run en route to a two-set lead. The Rams bounced back when Kayla Wilson had three kills and the defense forced six attack errors as Rhody staked a 13-5 lead en route to a 25-15 set. The momentum was thwarted as UMBC closed the match with a 25-18 score in the final set. Against host Penn, URI played well in spots, particularly in the tightly contested second set. Sophomore Britta Baarstad had four kills in seven attacks, but the Rams dropped the set, and the match.
Senior Kayla Wilson led Rhode Island with 23 kills. She also was second on the team with 19 digs on the day and added a pair of service aces. Sophomore Jill Anderson had a strong day on defense, getting in on a team-best seven blocks.
What it Means
After starting the season with five wins in six matches, Rhode Island (5-6) has scuffled a bit of late, losing its last five matches. With matches against William & Mary tomorrow and in state rival Brown next Wednesday, the Rams can still have a winning record before conference play begins at Fordham next weekend.
Stat of the Day
In two matches Friday, Rhode Island committed 17 serving errors, bringing its season total to 116. In the six losses this year, the Rams have made 15 more serving errors than their opponents.
The Rams look to snap their five-game skid against William & Mary on Saturday (10 a.m.). The Tribe (4-5) was swept by UMBC Friday, so both teams are looking to get back on track.