Sophomore Michelle Cruz
In the first match of the day Providence was defeated by The Citadel, 3-1. The Friars were led by sophomore Marina Rose (Coventry, Conn.) and senior Mackenzie Ziegler (Portage, Wis.) who tallied 14 and 12 kills, respectively. Sophomore Michelle Cruz (Midland Park, N.J.) tallied a game-high 23 digs while freshman Chicyia Clark (Huntington Beach, Calif.) led the Friars in assists with 25.
The first set was very competitive with 13 ties and seven lead changes. However, The Citadel captured the set in extra points, 27-25.
Providence won the second set, 25-15, behind four kills from Rose. Clark registered seven assists in the set.
The Citadel narrowly grabbed the third set with a 25-23 win to give the team a 2-1 advantage in the match.
The Bulldogs captured the fourth set, 25-20 to win the match, 3-1.
The Citadel was led by Mallory Moore and Moriah Smith who registered 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Rachel Keefer had a game-high 40 assists while Amanda Rudnik contributed 22 digs.
In the Friars' second match of the day Providence fell to Southern Utah, 3-0.
The Thunderbirds swept the Friars 25-15, 25-13 and 25-17. Sophomore Kayla Fitzgerald (Redlands, Calif.) led Providence with eight kills in the match. Clark and junior Jordan Wiesler (Coconut Creek, Fla.) recorded 11 and 10 assists, respectively. Cruz led the team with 12 digs.
Southern Utah was led by Madi Forsythe and Remo Gaogao who posted double-digit kills with 12 and 10 respectively. Faith Ma'Afala had a game-high 39 assists and Sariah Pelaez added 20 digs.
Providence's Cruz was named to the All-Tournament Team following the match.
The Friars will next compete on Tuesday, Sept. 2 in nearby Smithfield, R.I. against in-state rival Bryant at 7:00 p.m.
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