AMHERST, Mass. - The Worcester State University women's volleyball team came up short in a pair of matches on Saturday, falling 3-0 to Amherst College and Brandeis University at LeFrak Gymnasium. Set scores against Amherst were 25-16, 25-11, 25-8, and against Brandeis were 25-19, 25-6, 25-6.
With the pair of defeats, Worcester State falls to 2-5 overall on the season.
Sophomore Natalie Gillis (Ashland, Mass.) had a strong match against Amherst, but otherwise the Lancers struggled offensively in the opener to fall in straight sets. Gillis finished the match with a team-high eight kills and .238 attack percentage. Senior captain Marissa Proia (Framingham, Mass.) had a solid stat sheet with five kills, five digs, a block, and a service ace, while sophomore Brooke Lamothe (Tewksbury, Mass.) led the charge defensively with nine digs.
Gillis, sophomore Leelle Tyler (Longmeadow, Mass.), and senior Stephanie Chapin (Hampden, Mass.) all had five kills to serve as Worcester's co-leaders in a difficult second end of the doubleheader against Brandeis. Worcester State's offense couldn't get much more going, with more attack errors (18) than kills (17) in the match for an attack percentage of -.013.
Next up for Worcester State, the Lancers will be in action against Salem State on Tuesday evening to open up MASCAC play. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.