Rhode Island Swept by New Mexico State in Opener

Rhode Island Swept by New Mexico State in Opener

How It Happened
Rhode Island was swept in its season opener, falling to New Mexico State (25-13, 25-11, 25-15) in the opening game of Notre Dame's Golden Dome Invitational Friday evening.

Rhode Island (0-1) was playing for the first time under the direction of first-year head coach Steve Santonastaso. After 12 seasons as an assistant coach, Santonastaso was named the program's head coach in March.

New Mexico State (1-0) took control early, scoring seven of the match's first eight points and cruising through the first set. Rhode Island responded well early in the second set, as the teams traded the first dozen points. The Rams led 7-6 before New Mexico State went on a 6-0 run to establish a five-point advantage. Rhody was unable to get close, and back-to-back bad sets by the Rams sent the teams into the break with the Aggies leading, 2-0.

New Mexico State never trailed in the third set, leading by as many as 10 points en route to the victory.

Inside the Box Score

  • Senior Marie Gillcrist had five block assists, giving her 277 total blocks for her career. She is tied with Jill Anderson (2010-13) for fourth place in program history in the rally point era. 
  • Freshman Live Lunde Fossdal started in her collegiate debut. The Oslo, Norway native finished with six kills and five digs.
  • Senior Rachel Lynne Cox led Rhode Island with seven kills, while classmate Kylee Wolfe added four kills, three digs and two block assists.
  • Junior Olivia Budinich had a team-high nine digs.
  • Sophomore Jenna McGuire made her first career start. 
  • Tatyana Battle and Kassandra Tohm led New Mexico State with 10 kills each, while Jenna Abalos added nine kills with just two attack errors.

Stat of the Match

  • .417 - New Mexico State had a .417 hitting percentage as a team in the second set, getting 13 kills with just three attack errors.

What's Next
Rhode Island closes out play at the Golden Dome Invitational on Saturday. The Rams will face host Notre Dame at 12:30 p.m., followed by a 4:30 p.m. match against Valparaiso.