By LJ VP LaFiura – 1851 Contributor
The women’s volleyball team faced off against the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the athletic center on Thursday night. It was their first home match, and they took care of Dartmouth, dropping them in four sets.
“I’m really happy with these girls. I think it finally came together at the right time. The confidence was just leaking off the court, they were doing so well, and the serving, I think, was really stand out today,” said Coach Jeffery Vautrin.
The women’s volleyball team got out to a furious start in the first set, getting out to an 8-3 lead. Their momentum died fast, though, as what was once a five-point lead was soon a tie game and then a 15-12 advantage for Dartmouth. The Lasers fought back to keep the game close but ultimately fell 25-21. Gabriella Monico led Dartmouth in this set with five points.
“Eight out of those nine are freshman, so playing in front of their home crowd for the first time, I expected a little bit of nerves,” said Vautrin.
The second set got off to a similar start with a different result. The Lasers got to a 6-2 lead early in the set, but they turned it into the largest lead of the game thus far. They first reached a six-point lead at 12-6 and reached that mark again numerous times. Despite late pressure, Lasell took the second set 25-21. Much of this can be attributed to first-year Sabine Milton, who increased her points on the day to 10 with a strong second set. Milton finished the game with 22.5 points.
“She’s a stud,” said Vautrin. “Our entire starting lineup, I’m so happy with them but with Sabine attacking at the net, blocking. She’s a force to be reckoned with, especially in the GNAC.”
Set three was the closest of the bunch, with very little separating either side. After breaking the tie at 14 apiece Lasell busted out to a 4 point lead, 19-15. They rode this lead to a 25-21 set victory. Throughout all of this, first-year Mckenna McCool performs admirably alongside Milton for Lasell, posting eight kills through three sets.
“I think it goes to show that we can hang with any team as long as we stay focused,” said Vautrin.
It was all gas, no brakes for the lasers in the fourth set. Lasell gained an early advantage in this set, breaking out to a 7-3 lead early. However, this lead quickly got out of hand on Dartmouth as they soon found themselves in a 10 point hole and soon lost the set and the match with a 25-10 set loss.
The women’s volleyball team advances to 5-3 on the season with this win. They will play a doubleheader at the athletic center on Sept. 25. The first match against Elms College will begin at 11 a.m., and the match against Fisher College will follow at 3 p.m.