Women’s Volleyball with back-to-back wins at home

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda-Sports Editor

Women’s Volleyball has managed to achieve a positive record after a back-to-back win against Salve Regina and Framingham State. After starting off the season with two losses, the team is now on a three-game win streak.

The first game of the season against Mount Saint Mary (MSM), was a tough competition for both teams as they went to five sets to decide the winner. The teams traded wins as Rhode Island College took the first and third set, and MSM won the second and fourth set to push it to set five. In this final set, they played to 15 instead of 25, but the Anchorwomen could not maintain the lead, losing 15-13 to lose the match.

The following game against Babson College was a 3-0 that knocked RIC to a 0-2 record. After Babson, the team faced their second opponent of the day against Smith. They bounced right back from the loss to sweep Smith instead, bringing them to a 1-2 record.  

RIC was faced with Worcester State, which was their second game in four that went to five sets. The first set went to Worcester State after a grueling back and forth set. With a final score of 28-26, the set went over the normal games of 25 points due to the fact that a team must win by two. RIC took the following set to even out the score, but both teams blew each other out in the following two sets to bring it to set five. Though a tough match, it was another 15-13 loss for RIC.

However, RIC was able to start their winning streak with a game against Curry. Jessica Brielmaier, Courtney Lambrese and Jillian Ward had a combined 38 kills against Curry. They maintained control in the first two sets, but could not hang on to the third set to seal Curry’s fate. After the lost set, RIC recovered and won the fourth and final set.

The Anchorwomen then faced a double header at home, against Salve Regina and Framingham State. Against Salve Regina, the team had an impressively high kill count of 61, with Lambrese and Ward making up 42 of the 61 points. The team dominated the first set with a 25-17 victory, and just barely took the second set 25-23. Salve would not go down without a fight, though, managing to win the third set 24-26, but it only prolonged the inevitable as RIC took the fourth set. They moved on to the next game against Framingham State, where RIC maintained their dominance. They swept Framingham state as they won 25-21, 25-22, and 25-9.

The team has two more matches at home against Clark University and UMass Boston, with a current record of 4-3.  

Women’s Tennis start season 4-0

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda-Sports Editor

The Women’s Tennis team has remained undefeated after four games, winning every match almost 9-0.

In the first match against Lesley, Rhode Island College defeated their opponents to start the semester off with a victory. The team for singles matches were made up of Dayne Reilly, Grace Zangari, Katherine Braganca, Laura Nastasi, Hailey Raskob and Serena Bobola. For the doubles, Dayna Reilly and Emily Orticerio, Katherine Braganca and Laurel Ten Eyck, and finally Victoria Vittori and Grace Zangari.

Against Salve Regina, the team won every match again, except Laurel Ten Eyck was subbed in for Serena Bobola in the singles competition, and Isabella Romeo subbed for Ten Eyck in the doubles competition. Olivia Campanella made her debut against Suffolk in singles matches as the team, once again, cleared out their competition.

Finally, though winning overall 8-1, the team suffered their first loss match against Plymouth State as Kerstin Venincasa and Jenna Sundquist defeated Braganca and Romeo.

The team will have two matches away against Clark University and Eastern Nazarene College on Tuesday and Thursday. They will return home to have matches against Salem State University on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m.   

Women’s Soccer defeat Salve Regina at home

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda-Sports Editor

The Women’s Soccer team had four games at home to open the season, however, a game against Dean College had to be postponed.

Against Curry, both teams remained silent in the scoring department as neither team was able to put up a goal. Curry had six shot attempts, while Rhode Island College had four, but this only pushed them more in the second period, as Curry had 10 shot attempts and RIC had six. RIC led the scoring barrage with a goal by Stephanie Ricci. Curry then scored two goals back to back, one from a penalty kick. Curry accumulated two more shots, bringing the score up to 4-1. Finally, RIC’s Breanne Ford scored to help close the gap, but it was too much of a lead with too little time to come back. The final score stayed at 4-2 as the ladies moved on to battle Suffolk.

Suffolk came at RIC in the first 30 minutes with five corner kicks and four shots on goal. Finally, Suffolk scored at the 30 minute mark to take the lead and hold it going into the second period. After the half, a foul in the penalty area resulted in a penalty kick for RIC’s Stephanie Ricci. Bringing the score to an even 1-1, RIC and Suffolk proceeded to go back and forth with almost 20 shots combined. Nearing the end of the match, it the game seemed like it was going to go into overtime until a last minute goal by Suffolk pushed them past the finish line with a victory.

Finally, against Salve Regina, both teams had seven shots on goal with no scoring done. In the second period, Salve had a total of 12 shots on goal, while RIC made sure they had quality over quantity. Starting the second period, in the first 10 minutes Olivia Capraro scored a penalty kick to take the lead. Right behind her was another goal by Brittany DeGrooth with an assist by Capraro, which brought the Anchorwomen to a 2-0 lead. Late in the game, Salve managed to score a goal, but it would not be enough to retake the lead.

The ladies are now 1-2 with an away game at Bridgewater State on Wednesday, but they return home to face Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday at 1 p.m.