RIC Volleyball falls in conference semifinals

Jake Elmslie – Sports Editor

The Rhode Island College Women’s Volleyball team found it’s season brought to a close Friday evening due to a 3-0 loss against the number one seed Eastern Connecticut State Warriors in the Little East Conference semifinals.

The Anchorwomen who were the number five seed in the tournament were coming off of a Tuesday night 3-2 upset of the number four seed Western Connecticut State Colonials in the conference quarterfinals. This victory was the first postseason win for an Anchorwomen program that missed the playoffs in both 2017 and 2016.

Photo courtesy Rhode Island College

The end of the season also means the end of Coach Sherri Heard’s first year running the RIC volleyball program. When asked for her assessment of the season Coach Heard told The Anchor “It was a great season and I had a lot of fun, the girls responded well and worked hard from day one. I couldn’t be more proud of the team and the run they made this year.” Coach Heard was also proud of her team for exceeding preseason expectations. The Anchorwomen were ranked seventh in the annual Little East preseason coaches poll and were not projected as a playoff team, but were able to reach the final four in the conference.

This loss will also spell the end of the college careers of both defensive specialist Marisa Brynes and opposite hitter Jillian Ward. Ward became the fifth player in RIC history to record 1000 kills to go alongside 1100 digs earlier in the season.

Outside of these two the Anchorwomen will see a majority of their core return next season where they will once again try and compete for a Little East Championship.