DANBURY, CT – Junior Victoria Korzan (Southbury, CT) tallied match-highs of 10 and nine kills against Penn State Berks and Smith College, respectively, as the Western Connecticut State University women's volleyball team captured the Colonial Classic crown on Saturday at Feldman Arena. WestConn blanked the Nittany Lions, 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-17) before shutting out the Pioneers, 3-0 (25-12, 25-23, 25-19) as they improved to 3-0 overall to begin the season.
After downing Emmanuel on Friday night, the Colonials came out ready to play against Penn State-Berks in the morning matchup as they raced out to an early lead and would not look back. Junior Nyilah Horton (Centennial, CO) matched Korzan's 10 kills, while rookie setter Rory McMaster (Canton, MI) notched a match-high 35 assists. The Colonials accumulated nine service aces en route to the victory.
The hosts wrapped up the tournament when they downed Smith in the afternoon. McMaster finished with 30 helpers, while juniors Ali Brochu (Winsted, CT) and Nicolina Chenard (Ardsley, NY) chipped in with eight kills apiece. Korzan racked up four services aces as the team rounded out the column with 13.
PSU would down Emmanuel, 3-0, in the second match of the day before Emmanuel shut out Smith, 3-0.
Korzan was tabbed the tournament MVP, while McMasters also garnered all-tournament honors. Penn State earned second place as rookies Zoe Barna (Reading, PA) and Julia Rathsam (Elizabethtown, PA) received all-tournament accolades. Emmanuel first-year Samantha Carrigan (Plaistow, NH) and Smith rookie Evi Evgeniou (Thessaloniki, Greece) rounded out the squad.
"It was great to come away with three wins to open the season but we need to continue to improve," said WestConn head coach Don Ferguson. "We had trouble closing out a few sets but I'm happy with the overall effort," he concluded.
The Colonials return to action against Penn State-Abington and host St. Joseph's (LI) on Saturday, September 7. Play is set to begin a 10 a.m.