|McKenzie Humann was a force at the net for the Jumbos with six blocks.|
MEDFORD – Freshmen Brigid Bell and Christina Nwankpa each turned in ten kills to help the Tufts women's volleyball team beat Roger Williams, 3-0, in Cousens Gym on Wednesday night.
With the win the Jumbos improve to 6-0 and will begin conference play this weekend when they host Williams and Amherst in Cousens Gym. With the loss Roger Williams falls to 5-4 this season.
Roger Williams jumped out to an early lead in the first set, scoring five unanswered points before the Jumbos got a kill from Bell that put them on the board. The Jumbos scored five points behind the serve of rookie Kelly Klimo to come within one, and would trade points back and forth with the Hawks for a while. The Jumbos then scored five points behind the serve of junior Alex Garrett, and tied the match at 18. The two teams traded the lead and with things locked at 21 the Jumbos were able to secure the win thanks to a Hawk error, two kills from Nwankpa and a kill from sophomore Angela Yu, taking the first set 25-20.
It was the Jumbos that took the lead in the second set but things were close early until the Jumbos went on a point scoring streak behind the serve of Klimo again, taking a 14-9 lead. The Hawks would not give up, but the lead was too much to overcome and the Jumbos took the second set, 25-20.
The third set was won by the largest margin, as the Jumbos won, 25-13. The set was tied at six early and the Jumbos went on a streak shortly after that, this time behind the serve of Garrett again that gave them a 14-7 advantage. That would be too hard for the Hawks to overcome, and the Jumbos finished it in three.
Nwankpa and Bell were the kill leaders with ten each, and senior McKenzie Humann and freshman Maddie Stewart each added six. Humann turned in six blocks on the evening, four solo and two assisted, while classmate Elizabeth Ahrens also finished with four solo and two block assists on the evening. Klimo was the dig leader with 19, but Yu added 11 and Bell finished with ten. The setting was split by Yu and freshman Rachel Furash as they finished with 14 and 15 assists, respectively.
For the visitors, Kristen Boyer, Molly Quilty and Meghan Smith all turned in eight kills. Quilty added five solo blocks and a block assist to her evening. Sarah McAniff was the defensive leader with 12 digs while Boyer and Maria Batas each added nine. Julia Fields and Emiley Melilo were the setters, finishing with 13 and 11 assists, respectively.
Roger Williams will be back in action next Wednesday when they travel to take on Salve Regina for a 7 pm start. The Jumbos take the court again at home on Friday when they host Williams to start NESCAC play with an 8 pm scheduled start time.