DANBURY, Conn. – The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) volleyball team suffered a 3-0 loss to Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) in a non-conference road match inside Feldman Arena Wednesday night. Saint Joseph has dropped their last three after winning two of their first three. WestConn meanwhile has now won five in a row, all of them shutouts.
WestConn was impressive from the first serve, scoring in bunches and keeping the Blue Jays on their heels. Senior captain and outside hitter Hannah Benson (Terryville, Conn.), and sophomore outside hitter Claire Quinn (Canton, Mass.) were the high scorers for USJ, combining for 10 kills on the day, but it was not enough as the hosts clamped down and took the first set, 25-14. They followed it up with a 25-21 second-set decision, one that the Blue Jays had a chance to steal, trailing 20-19. By the third set, WestConn put the finishing touches on the match with a 25-18 victory.
Score: Saint Joseph 0, WestConn 3
Set Scores: 14-25, 21-25, 18-25
Records: USJ (2-4), WCSU (8-4)
Location: Feldman Arena | Danbury, Conn.
COACH QUOTE [Sheila Gisbrecht] "WestConn is a great program. Their offense forced us to get back our defensive tenacity that we had in the beginning of the season. We got back our will to battle a little bit tonight. With a cleaner offense, we would have made it a longer night."
- WestConn had a major margin in service aces, 15-4.
- Both teams were nearly split down the middle in total attacks, with WCSU holding an ever-so-slight 86-84 edge. They did however turn those attacks into nearly twice as many kills (38-21).
- USJ remained within a point late in each of the final two sets.
NUMBER TO KNOW
4 – The last four USJ volleyball matches have been three-set sweeps. The Blue Jays are 1-3 in those matches. They are 1-1 in matches decided by four sets or more.
USJ will continue its road trip with a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) tri-match against Simmons and Rivier on Saturday, September 25 at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., respectively, hosted by Rivier. This marks the first GNAC tri-match of the season.