Rams Sweep George Mason for Second Straight Victory

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

How it Happened
Rhode Island (9-16, 3-10 A-10) won its second straight match, sweeping George Mason (10-13, 8-5 A-10) Friday night.

With the score tied 9-9 in the opening set, the Rams went on an 11-4 run to take command. Jenna McGuire keyed the run with hr defense. She combined with Lauren Pick on back-to-back blocks, then added a solo block to start the run. Kills from Pick, Gabrielle Shilling, Hazel Brown and Mariah Paulette helped Rhody build its lead before taking the set, 25-18.

The second set was tight throughout, with neither side leading by more than three points at any time. George Mason had set point at 26-25, but kills from Brown and Natale Zanellato followed by a block by Paulette gave the Rams the set, 28-26.

Any shot of a Patriot rally was squelched by Rhody late in the third. A Shilling kill put the Rams up 19-18, and URI never gave up the lead from there. Three kills by Brown, plus one each from Paulette and Zanellato helped Rhody win the third, 25-22, and clinch the win.

Inside the Box Score

  • Rhode Island's defense held George Mason to hitting percentages of .111 in the first set, .125 in the second and .091 in the third.
  • By contrast, the Rams hit .213 or better in all three sets.
  • Rhode Island had just 14 attack errors on the night, compared to 23 for the Patriots.
  • Junior Hazel Brown and freshman Gabrielle Shilling each had 13 kills to lead the Rhody offense. The mark was a career-high for both women.
  • Shilling had a match-best .545 attack percentage, committing just one error in 22 attacks.
  • Senior Lauren Pick had 37 assists and 11 digs, picking up an impressive double-double in a three-set match.
  • Pick moved into eighth place in URI history with 1,732 assists, passing Kaira Kachadurian (2006-07).
  • Senior Olivia Budinich had 12 digs, while sophomore Annie Ell added 10.
  • With 1,037 career digs, Budinich is now eighth all-time in program history.

Up Next
Rhode Island closes out the season Saturday against George Washington. Game time is at 7 p.m.. Before the match, seniors Olivia Budinich, Mckenzie Kiesle and Lauren Pick will be honored.