March 26, 2023
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Volleyball squad takes two of three from weekend series

The volleyball team continued its strong season this weekend, winning two of three matches played. The Bombers dropped the Oct. 16 match, falling to Wellesley College in five games. However, the Blue and Gold came back fighting in the Oct. 17 matches, sweeping both Southern Maine University and Babson College in three sets.

The Bombers fought tooth and nail against Wellesley, but came up just short, losing in five sets. The Blue and Gold were able to win the first two sets by scores of 25–20 and 28–26. However, the squad could not keep the momentum going as they went on to lose the final three sets 25–21, 25–21 and 15–8. As a team, the Bombers collected 54 kills and hit .168, but Wellesley held the small advantage with 62 kills and a .195 hitting percentage.

Sophomore captain Joelle Goldstein once again led the offensive attack for the Blue and Gold, finishing the match with 15 kills. She also contributed a solid 13 digs for the Bombers’ defense and collected three blocks and one service ace. Freshman middle hitter Katie Evans was also strong at the net for the Bombers, finishing with 13 kills and five blocks. Sophomore Caroline Gerulskis and freshman Kyle Dandrea rounded out the top offensive performances for the team, finishing with 10 kills and six kills, respectively.

Sophomore captain Kayla Gromen finished the match with 43 assists, 11 digs, three service aces and two kills. Fellow captain senior Dylan Gawinski-Stern, finished the match with a team-high 18 digs.

The Bombers came out swinging against Southern Maine on Oct. 17, sweeping the Huskies 25–9, 25–17 and 25–15. As a team, the Blue and Gold collected 36 kills on a .337 hitting percentage compared to Southern Maine’s 22 kills on .057 percentage. The Blue and Gold did not trail at all in either of the first two sets and did not trail after 3–2 in the last set.

Freshman middle hitter Amanda Cerruti led the Bombers’ effort at the net, registering eight kills and six blocks. Evans and Goldstein picked up eight and seven kills, respectively. Goldstein also recorded 11 digs on the night, leading the South Hill squad’s defense.

Gromen once again led the Bombers in assists, collecting 29 during the match, to go along with four kills, four service aces, four digs and one block. Freshman outside hitter Hailey Adler registered nine digs for the Bombers and Gawinski-Stern rounded out the defensive effort with eight digs.

The Bombers kept their high energy from their first match and came away with another sweep, this time against Babson. The South Hill squad swept the Beavers by scores of 25–14, 25–21 and 25–21. The Blue and Gold were able to record 39 kills compared to Babson’s 32.

Goldstein led the offense for the Bombers, recording 14 kills. She also tacked on six digs, three service aces and two blocks. Cerruti recorded eight kills and four blocks during the match and fellow freshman Evans picked up seven kills, two service aces and two blocks.

Gromen and Gawinski-Stern led the South Hill squad at their positions, Gromen collecting 33 assists and Gawinski-Stern recording 14 digs. Adler also chipped in eight digs for the Bombers’ defensive effort.

The Bombers are back in action at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 against SUNY Oneonta to face the Red Dragons in a nonconference match in Oneonta, New York.