Oct 26, 2017
WORCESTER, Mass. – Worcester State University's Amari King (Lawrence, Mass.) and Stephanie Chapin (Hampden, Mass.) combined for 25 kills in the Lancers' 3-0 (25-12, 25-16, 25-19) win over the Mount Ida Mustangs in a Thursday evening matchup inside the Lancer Gymnasium.
Worcester State posted a 25-12 win over Mount Ida in the first set, as the Lancers registered a .385 team attack percentage. After a 1-1 score, Mount Ida gained a three point advantage with Mary Kate Reidy (Agawam, Mass.) at the service. The Mustangs kept their distance until Worcester State knotted the score at 6-6 on kills from King. The teams traded points until the Lancers drifted away from the Mustangs with an 8-0 run with Katrina Kangwijaya (Dunstable, Mass.) at the service. The Lancers did not allow the Mustangs to get within 10 throughout the remainder of the set. King and Chapin tallied five kills apiece in the set, while Allie Nolan (Melrose, Mass.) tallied 11 helpers. Kangwijaya notched a set-high three service aces.
The Lancers jumped off to a 4-0 lead with Megan Leavens (Storrs, Conn.) at the service. The Lancers kept their distance throughout the remainder of the game and concluded the set with a 6-3 run to settle the set with a score of 25-16. King racked up a set-high six kills while Nolan helped with 13 assists. For the Mustangs, Reidy earned a team-best five kills while Alexis Bell (Salem, Conn.) assisted on eight points.
Mount Ida held the advantage in hitting percentage .176-.075 in the closest and final set of the night. Following three ties, Mount Ida jumped ahead to a 3-point lead capitalizing on Worcester attack errors and a kill from Hanna Simpkins (Walpole, N.H.). Worcester State closed the gap once again, but kills from Bell and Reidy kept the Mustangs ahead by four (11-7). The Lancers then fought back and went on a 6-0 run to take the lead and go ahead 13-11 with Leavens at the service. Worcester State would hold a slight lead until Rachael Colombo (Wallkill, N.Y.) knotted the score at 16-16 with a kill. Worcester State would score the next two points and hold the lead throughout, as they ended the set with a 7-2 run. Worcester State's Chapin and Mount Ida's Reidy each registered for kills in the third.
The Mustangs host St. Joseph's and Johnson & Wales on Saturday to wrap up the regular season at 3:00 and 5:00pm. Mount Ida will be honoring the lone senior, Mary Kate Reidy, before the first match. Worcester State returns to action tomorrow for a tri-match with Nichols and Fitchburg State, beginning at 4 p.m.