How it Happened
Rhode Island (8-16, 2-9 A-10) snapped its eight-game losing streak with a 3-0 sweep of Fordham (9-16, 2-10 A-10) Saturday night at Keaney Gymnasium.
Rhody set the tone early on. After Fordham tied things up at 10-10 in the first set, Rhody responded with a 12-5 run to pull ahead 22-15. Fordham managed just one point the rest of the way as Rhody cruised to the 25-16 victory.
URI opened the second set on a tear, scoring the first nine points - seven of which came on Fordham errors. Rhody extended its advantage to 17-5 after a kill by Hazel Brown. Fordham used a rally of its own to get back in it, and eventually used a service ace to knot the score at 22-22. A Kaitlin Morley kill then put the visiting Rams ahead 23-22, but a kill by Zoe Stats, followed by back-to-back attack errors by Morley gave URI the 25-23 win as well as a 2-0 lead in the match.
The third set was a back-and-forth battle which featured five lead changes and nine ties. With the score even at eight apiece, Rhode Island used an 8-3 push to distance itself, but Fordham came right back and tied the score at 16-16. Rhody claimed the next three points but Fordham countered with five in a row to take a 21-19 lead. URI closed things out on a 6-1 run however, as Natale Zanellato ended the match with her seventh kill of the night.
Inside the Box Score
- Junior Hazel Brown and redshirt sophomore Natale Zanellato each had seven kills and two block assists in the match. Brown also added nine digs and two service aces.
- Junior Jenna McGuire recorded a match-high nine block assists to go with five kills and two aces.
- Sophomore Annie Ell also served up a pair of aces while adding six digs.
- Senior Lauren Pick finished the night with 24 assists, seven blocks, six digs, two kills and an ace.
- Freshman Gabrielle Shilling contributed six kills and one block in her two sets played.
- Senior Olivia Budinich led the Rams with 12 digs.
- As a team, Rhody's defense combined for 14.5 total blocks while holding Fordham to a .083 attack percentage for the night.
Rhode Island is back at Keaney Gymnasium next weekend when it closes out the season with a pair of matches against George Mason (Friday) and George Washington (Saturday). Game time is at 7 p.m. on both days.