By Taylor Viles – Sports Editor
In a tri-match at the Lasell athletic center on Saturday, the women’s volleyball team took on Elms College, a team undefeated in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference, and Fisher College (6-2 overall).
Match 1- Elms College Blazers (7-3) vs. Lasell University Lasers (5-3)
In the first set, Elms got out to a fast 7-2 start thanks to six straight serves from Lauren Jensen (Elms ‘25). Lasell’s scoring was sparse until they gained some traction in the middle part of the set. Effective serving from Tori Scambray (Lasell ‘25) and two needed kills by Mckenna McCool (Lasell ‘25) helped the Lasers regain momentum. The team pulled within one on that comeback attempt before Elms showed why they had won six games in a row. The Blazers scored six of the next eight points. In front of the Lasell crowd, the Laser’s refused to go down without a fight. With Elms up 23-15, Lasell won seven of eight points to pull within one. Although exciting, the comeback proved not enough as the Blazers took the first set 25-23.
During set number two, the teams traded points through much of the contest leading to a 19-18 Lasell lead. It was at that point Elms College head coach Sheila Gisbrecht called a timeout which seemed to perfectly ice the Laser’s point production. Lasell was only able to win one more point the rest of the way on a service ace from Scambray. Elms won the second set 25-20.
In a must-win third set for the Laser’s the first-year heavy team was able to play cohesively and make Elms work for each point. In another back and forth matchup, Lasell’s Scambray showed her worth with five kills during the set to tie the game at 24 apiece on a match point for Elms. The Laser’s were able to sidestep back-to-back bad set errors to give the Blazers the lead late but made up for it shortly after. Lasell won set three by a score of 26-24 forcing a fourth set.
With Lasell’s momentum rising high, they got off to a good start in the fourth set helped by two service aces by Madalyn Scully (Lasell ‘25) to give the Laser’s a 6-2 lead. The team kept a decent lead over Elms for the first half of the set before the Blazers went on a six-point attack of their own to take the lead 17-14. The score tightened up late and then Elms service expert Jaylianne Ramos Figueroa (Elms ‘24) took control from the line. Needing only three points to clinch the victory, she delivered two aces. Her teammate Sabrina Christie (Elms ‘24) finished the Lasers off with a dagger that found the floor. Elms won the set 25-19
Final Score- Elms 3– Lasell 1
Match 2- Fisher College Falcons (6-2) vs. Lasell University Lasers (5-4)
Lasell came out with a serious fire in the first set taking a 6-1 lead thanks to attack errors by Fisher and kills from McCool and Milton. Spectators could feel the energy that the Laser’s brought with them after the disappointing conference match defeat earlier. Fisher tried to claw its way back into the match but Lasell would have none of it. The most points the Falcons managed to win in a row were three points. The set was finished off by seven straight points won by the Lasers due to tremendous serves by first-year Emily Cerasani. She served six capped off by a final point ace. The Lasers won 25-8.
Fisher found some energy to begin the second set opening up a 7-3 lead. Unfortunately for the Falcons, a masterful kill by Milton gave the Lasers a much-needed point and allowed her to begin serving. She served five straight to help Lasell take the lead. Although Fisher was able to double its score from the first set to 16 points, it was far from enough to overtake Lasell. The Lasers won set two 25-16.
It was clear by the beginning of set three that Fisher had lost some confidence having been swept by Elms in the previous match and losing the first two sets in this one. But the Falcons didn’t give up, to their credit. In fact, in the middle of the set, Fisher took a six-point lead (20-14). It looked like the team was on its way to forcing a fourth set, but the Lasell head coach Jeff Vautrin (Lasell ‘17) called a time out. After the timeout, Lasell won 11 of the next 14 points to eventually take a 24-21 lead. The comeback was fueled by multiple blocks at the net, most notably Madalyn Scully (Lasell ‘25) who contributed on four blocks late in the set. Fisher was able to get to within one point, but an unforced service error ended the Falcons afternoon early. Lasell won 25-23.
Final Score- Lasell 3– Fisher 0
Lasell improves to 6-4 overall, 0-1 in conference play. Up next the Lasers travel to Smith College on Tuesday before returning to Lasell for a conference match against Colby-Sawyer.
- Lasell’s Sabine Milton (‘25) and Scambray each reached 100 career kills in the match against Elms.
- Setter Jess Langan (Lasell ‘22) wasn’t present during either match forcing Emily Cerasani (Lasell ‘25) to take over setting duties. She finished with 57 total assists during the matches.