Volleyball tipsy-turvy against familiar New England foes

Adam Manison

While on the road, the University of Hartford women’s volleyball team fell to both a neighboring and out-of-state conference foe in their matches earlier this week and over the past weekend.

Overall the Hawks record fell to 9-10 and 0-2 in the conference as a result of their latest losses to University of Connecticut on Oct. 4 and to Providence on Oct. 2.

Tuesday handed Hartford their most recent loss, the Huskies who entered the game on a losing streak, in straight sets, 25-18, 25-17, 25-17.

Although Hartford collected 51 digs, 4 more than their in-state opponents, the Hawks proved to have no definitive answer for Huskie Mattison Quayl’s game leading 13 kills and .444 hit percentage.

23 Hartford errors proved to also be a difference maker, which ultimately plagued the Hawks team compared to the Huskies, who had 11.

Kills were hard to come by for both schools as UConn came out on top of the stat category with 37 while Hartford totaled 34.

Hawk’s junior Kami Nethersole once again led the team in kills with 12 and her sister Sareeta followed with 7 while two more contributed 4 kills each.

Against the Friars on the previous Sunday, Hartford stayed strong after dropping the first set, 25-20, to came back to win the next two sets 25-17 and 25-22. Providence responded with muscle flexing of their own to come back and take the last two sets from the Hawks with scores of 25-20 and 16-14.

Freshman Jackie Tamburri continued her standout Hartford first year playing performances by dominating defensively with 19 digs and leading the team in attack percentage with .417. Tamburri also had only one error in her 12 total attacks.

Setting the standard for the Hawks ensuing nutmeg state showdown, the Nethersole sisters led the team in kills with Kami’s 17, followed by sister Sareeta’s 12.

Usual unsung hero Hartford sophomore Blocker Lindsay Anderson made notable contributions to the Hawks team by adding 12 kills of her own.

Hartford’s volleyball team will next get involved in conference opponent match-ups at home in the upcoming week against UMBC on Oct. 7 and Stony Brook on Oct. 4.