Aug 31, 2013
The Providence College volleyball team won its first match of the 2013 season, 3-1 (25-16, 25-23, 16-25, 25-14) Saturday night against Chicago State at the DePaul Invitational. The Friars went an overall 1-2 in the tournament.
In the first set, Providence never trailed to win the set, 25-16. Seven different Friars notched a kill in the set. Freshman Michelle Cruz (Midland Park, N.J.) had three aces and two assists in the stanza.
Junior Colleen McCollom (Indian Head Park, Ill.) led Providence to a 25-23 second-set win with four kills, one service ace and one block. Classmate Annie Russian (Round Rock, Texas) also put together a solid set with three kills, three blocks and one service ace.
The Cougars took the third set, 25-16, behind Rachel Levitt and Paula Sioto who registered five and four kills, respectively.
Providence regained its form in the fourth set, winning 25-14 to put away the match (3-1). McCollom led the way with six kills and sophomore Jordan Wiesler (Coconut Creek, Fla.) tallied 15 assists.
McCollom led all players with 15 kills on the match. Russian was also in double digits for the Friars with 10 kills. Wiesler recorded 40 assists and Cruz totaled 20 digs.
Sioto and Valeria Desiderio led the Cougars with 13 kills each, while Mackenzie Lotter added 40 assists.
Russian was named to the All-Tournament Team along with Natalie Rizzo (DePaul), Valeria Desiderio (Chicago State) and Malina Sanchez (McNeese State). Russian had 25 kills, nine blocks, three digs and two aces on the tournament.
The Friars travel to Hamden, Conn. on Wednesday, Sept. 4 to take on Quinnipiac. The match is set to start at 6 p.m.