NEW PALTZ, NY – Despite match-highs of 14 kills from junior Nicolina Chenard (Ardsley, NY) and 30 assists from rookie Rory McMaster (Canton, MI), the Western Connecticut State University women's volleyball team fell at non-conference opponent SUNY-New Paltz, 3-1 (25-22, 17-25, 25-18, 25-16) on Wednesday night at the Hawk Center. With the loss, the Colonials moved to 18-6 overall, while the Hawks climbed over the .500 mark to 11-10.
"We struggled to get into a rhythm tonight and made a lot of unforced errors, which New Paltz was able to capitalize on," said WestConn head coach Don Ferguson following the match.
The visitors jumped out to a 9-6 advantage in the opening set. However, the hosts battled back to seize a 20-12 lead before holding on to take the stanza, 25-22.
After cruising to a second set win, the Colonials stormed out in front to begin the third set, ahead 9-6. However, the Hawks rallied yet again as they utilized an 8-0 run en route to the 25-18 win. They carried that momentum into the fourth and final set to seal the victory.
WestConn will look to rebound when they travel to Little East Conference foe UMass-Dartmouth on Saturday at 11 a.m.