WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Six-foot sophomore Anna Barry (Andover) led all players with 13 kills and a .526 attack percentage and added four blocks to power the Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team to a 25-16, 25-19, 25-19 non-conference victory over Regis College Tuesday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.
Eastern (6-5) jumped ahead early in the first two sets (4-1 in the first set and 8-1 in the second) and never trailed in those sets thereafter, but Regis (3-10) looked to extend the match by reeling off five straight points early in the third set to assume a 10-8 lead. The Warriors answered with four straight points of their own to take back a two-point lead in that third set, then broke the final tie on an attack error and ball-handling error and never trailed thereafter.
Barry helped Eastern to a team attack percentage of .279, with junior Abby Stern (Manchester) following with 11 kills and a match-leading 21 digs. Junior Alaetra Long (Lincoln, NE) added 14 digs and senior setter Mckenzie Maneggia (Andover) had 24 assists and senior setter Sierra Orr (Woodland, WA) added 11 assists and two service aces.
Regis' Katryna Veasey had a team-leading ten kills and moved to within two of becoming the first Regis female or male to record 1,000 kills in a career.
Sophomore libero Mica van der Meulen had 16 digs and was perfect on 27 serve receives for Regis, with sophomore setter Emily Fagundo and junior setter Tori Ondris each collecting 13 assists.
Eastern hosts the University of Massachusetts Boston Friday at 7 p.m. in a Little East Conference match. The teams are ranked 1-2 (Eastern-UMB) in the 2019 pre-season coaches poll after tying for last year's LEC regular-season title. The top-seeded Warriors defeated Rhode Island College and Keene State College to win the crown while UMB was eliminated by Keene State in the semifinals.