Nov. 11, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College volleyball team (1-30, 0-12 America East) fell to the Hartford Hawks (9-19, 3-9) in Providence, R.I. on Sunday, Nov. 11. Hartford came back from two sets down to win 24-26, 20-25, 25-19, 25-15, 15-11.
The Friars got off to a slow start surrendering 11 of the first 12 points of the match, but a series of runs helped cut the early deficit in half at 10-15. Trailing 11-17, the Friars would record seven of the next eight points to tie the set at 18-all. The hot streak would continue for Providence as the team took a 23-20 lead, eventually holding on for the set win, 26-24. Freshman Jordan Wiesler (Coconut Creek, Fla.) paced the comeback with 13 assists and six digs in a set that the Friars hit .325 collectively.
The second set was a close contest featuring six ties, with both teams remaining within three points of each other most of the way. It wasn't until the Friars took a four point lead at 22-18 to help pull away from Hartford, winning the second set, 25-20. Sophomore Mackenzie Ziegler (Portage, Wis.) led the Friars in both kills (five) and digs (six) in the set.
The third set was close throughout, but Hartford would close strong taking seven of the final eight points to help force a fourth set. Like the third set, set four started out close but Hartford would use a late seven point to take a commanding 20-11 lead. Hartford would take the set 25-15 behind 12 assists from Jackie Tamburri.
The decisive set was taken by Hartford, 15-11, thanks to a .526 hitting percentage for the Hawks and four kills a-piece for Sareeta and Kami Nethersole.
Sophomores Beth Hoyt (San Luis Obispo, Calif.), Kelly Ashmore (St. Louis, Mo.) and Ziegler all set new career-high with 16 digs, 13 kills and 22 kills, respectively. Ziegler added 12 digs for her sixth double-double of the season, while Ashmore's 16 digs help her complete her second double-double of the season and third of her career. Freshman Lindsay Witt (Basking Ridge, N.J.) set a new career-high with 11 kills, breaking the double-digit mark for the first time in her career. Wiesler would finish the match with 48 assists and a career-high 17 digs for her team-leading eighth double-double of the season.
Senior Day ceremonies preceded the match, with senior Cassie Muzzonigro
(Gibsonia, Pa.) being honored. Muzzonigro would collect 23 digs to lead the Friars, the 28th
time breaking the 20 dig mark in her career. Muzzonigro, the all-time career digs leader at Providence College, closes her career with 1,787 digs.