Seahawks fall to Gulls on Senior Day, 3-1
NEWPORT, R.I. - Junior Falyn Torelli (Pelham, N.Y.) recorded a team-high 13 kills to spark the Endicott College women's volleyball team to a 3-1 win over Salve Regina University during Senior Day at the Rodgers Recreation Center on Saturday afternoon. The Gulls took the first two sets by scores of 25-19 and 25-17 before the Seahawks responded by taking the third frame, 25-16. The Gulls then hung on for an exciting 29-27 match-clinching victory in the fourth and final set. The win improves Endicott to 13-14 overall and 7-1 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), while the loss drops the Seahawks to 15-12 on the season and 6-2 during CCC play.
Before the match, Salve Regina seniors Julianne Barry (Randolph, Mass.), Amy Canino (Hebron, Conn.), and Jessica Meyer (Seymour, Conn.) were honored for all of their contributions to volleyball program and the University.
The Seahawks were paced by Barry who led all players with 17 kills and six blocks on the day, recording a solid .324 hitting percentage. Freshman Taylor Violet (Tiverton, R.I.) also played well, compiling a team-high 34 assists to go along with eight kills, eight digs, and a pair of aces, while sophomore Clare Adams (New Concord, Ohio) added nine kills and two blocks in the loss. Freshman Diana Tauro's (Melrose, Mass.) performance was also notable, as the rookie led all players with 24 digs on the afternoon.
Torelli added seven digs to her team-high 13 kills for the Gulls, while senior Sarah Allshouse (Berthoud, Colo.) led all players with 35 assists, adding 15 digs, six kills, two blocks, and a pair of aces in the win. Senior Elyse Barbour (Greenville, R.I.) contributed nine kills, four blocks, and three aces on the day, while junior Ashley Norley (Sudbury, Mass.) led the Gulls with 19 digs.
The two teams battled to a 9-9 tie in the opening set before Endicott went on a 6-1 run to open up a 15-10 advantage. The Seahawks were unable to catch the Gulls the rest of the way, as EC held on for a 25-19 first set victory. Torelli led the way for Endicott, recording seven kills in the opening frame, while Barry had four kills and a pair of blocks for Salve Regina.
The Gulls broke out to an early 6-0 lead in the second set, including a pair of aces by sophomore Callie Dolan (Westford, Mass.). Leading 6-1, the Gulls erupted with a 10-2 run to open up a 16-3 advantage, before cruising to a 25-17 win. Barbour had four kills in just seven total attacks for EC, while Tauro compiled 9 digs in the set for the Seahawks.
Endicott led 13-11 midway through the third set but the Seahawks refused to go away quietly. Salve Regina went on a 12-0 run to grab a 23-13 lead before Adams recorded back-to-back kills to close out the set, 25-16. Barry paced the Seahawks during the frame with five kills and three blocks to force a fourth set.
The fourth and final frame was a terrific battle which featured 17 ties and seven lead changes. The Seahawks held a 24-22 lead, but were stymied on two set points by consecutive kills from Torelli to tie the score at 24-all. The Gulls were then rejected on three straight match-point opportunities; twice by kills from Adams. However, the Seahawks were unable to stop the Gulls on a fourth match-point chance, as the Gulls held on to take the frame by a score of 29-27 to seal the 3-1 match victory.
The Gulls have earned a bye in the first round of the CCC Tournament, while the Seahawks will host a playoff match for the first time on Tuesday at 7 p.m. with a quarterfinal match up versus Wentworth.