NEW LONDON, Conn. – The SUNY New Paltz women's volleyball team broke the 14th and final tie of the third set on a kill by senior middle Kerry Neville and won the game on Neville's serve and a kill by senior outside hitter Madison Van Pelt as the Hawks swept Eastern Connecticut State University in a non-conference match Friday night at the U.S. Coast Guard Bear Invitational and Roland Field House. Set scores were 25-14, 26-24, 26-24.
After New Paltz (12-10) eased to the first-set win when the Warriors attacked at .000 with a combined six reception and service errors, Eastern held set point in a second set which featured a total of 11 ties and lead changes. A New Paltz service error pushed Eastern (12-9) into a 24-23 lead, but Van Pelt forced the eighth and final tie with a kill on an Eastern serve, the consecutive Eastern attack errors on Neville's serves handed the Hawks the win and a two-set lead.
Neville and Van Pelt combined for 22 kills and a .442 attack percentage .as New Paltz attacked at .266 as a team as compared to Eastern's .149.
Sophomore middle Anna Barry (Andover) led Eastern with 16 kills and a .414 attack percentage but the rest of the team totaled only 23 kills and attacked at .065. Junior outside Alaetra Long (Lincoln, NE) had 11 digs, sophomore Madison Bell (Salem) nine. Senior setter Mckenzie Maneggia (Andover) had 17 assists and senior Sierra Orr (Woodland, WA) 11 assists and two service aces. Barry was 9-of-14 on attacks with only one error through the first two sets. Barry upped her season attack percentage to .342 and currently leads the Little East Conference in kills per set (3.36) and attack percentage. In 177 career sets, she is attacking at .355 and averaging 3.06 kills.