Warriors Post 3-1 Win Over Cougars

Warriors Post 3-1 Win Over Cougars

Worcester, Mass. – Visiting Eastern Connecticut used 23 kills from Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton, Conn.) and 22 assists and 16 digs from Samantha Slonski (Griswold, Conn.) to notch their fourth straight win – this one a 3-1 (25-27, 25-17, 25-22, 25-16) victory over host Clark University in non-league women's volleyball action on Tuesday evening.

The Warriors improved to 4-1 on the season with the win, while the Cougars slip to 0-2.

After taking an early 8-4 lead in the first game, Clark found itself down 13-9 and then 24-23 and on the verge of dropping the opener when they rallied to record four of the next five points to take the game, 27-25.

ECSU took control early in game two and posted the 25-17 win, registering 18 kills in the frame.

Game three started out well for the Cougars as they raced out to a 6-1 lead behind a pair of solo blocks from Amira Tranchell (Falmouth, Mass.). The Warriors, however, eventually took a 15-11 lead then settled for a 25-22 win.

The fourth and final game was all Eastern Connecticut, as Isben recorded four of the team's 11 kills in the game.

Clark was paced offensively by ToniMarie Illuzzi (Manorville, N.Y.) who posted 11 kills and Tranchell, who added nine of her own.

Rachel Spera (North Hollywood, Calif.) handed out 32 assists and added ten digs, while defensive specialist Kortney Kelley (Barnstable, Mass.) totaled a match-high 26 digs.

In addition to Isben and Slonski, Katie Wilson (Pittsburg, Calif.) had 13 kills and 14 digs and Danielle Bourne (Branford, Conn.) had four kills and 18 digs.

The Warriors will open play at the Brandeis Invitational on Friday when they take on Wellesley at 4:00 p.m. and Rhode Island College at 6:00 p.m.

Clark, meanwhile, will look to crack the win column on Friday when they host Worcester-area rival Becker beginning at 7:00 p.m.