Golden Bears Fall to Kean & Wisconsin-Eau Claire on First Day of Kean Invitational

Junior middle blocker Cassie Holmes recorded four kills against Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Saturday at the Kean Invitational (Photo by Riccio Productions)
Junior middle blocker Cassie Holmes recorded four kills against Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Saturday at the Kean Invitational (Photo by Riccio Productions)

Ferguson compiles ten kills & 18 digs over the two matches

UNION, N.J. (September 1, 2018) –
The Western New England University women's volleyball team opened its season with losses to Kean University and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on the first day of the Kean Invitational on Saturday at Harwood Arena. 

The Golden Bears dropped their first match to the host Cougars, 3-1 (22-25, 25-13, 25-16, 25-13), before suffering a 3-0 (25-8, 25-15, 25-14) setback to the Blugolds in their second contest of the day.

Kean 3, WNE 1

Top Performers
Senior outside hitter Jenna Ferguson (Ellington, Conn.) paced the Golden Bears in the opener, as she totaled seven kills and nine digs. Sophomore setter Jenna McCormack (Nashua, N.H.) posted a double-double with 19 assists and ten digs, while classmate Toni Fiore (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) hit .250 with seven kills.

Junior middle hitter Jesse Larkin (Redwood City, Calif.) led Kean, hitting .444 with a match-high ten kills and four blocks. Junior Brianna Calvano (Williamstown, N.J.) was also a key contributor with 35 assists, eight service aces and five digs.

Game Review
Western New England won the first four points in the opening frame and didn't trail until a Calvano ace put the Cougars ahead 17-16. The Golden Bears used a 3-0 run later in the set and regained the lead for good (20-19) on a McCormack ace, before eventually closing it out on a Kean service error. 

The Cougars rebounded to take the second and third sets, and the home team utilized a 12-1 run in the fourth frame to pull away and seal the win.

Wisconsin-Eau Claire 3, WNE 0

Top Performers
Ferguson compiled nine digs and three kills for the Golden Bears in the second match, while junior middle blocker Cassandra Holmes (Ellington, Conn.) finished with four kills and one block assist.

Senior middle hitter Madelyn Pashibin (Minneapolis, Minn.) fueled Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a match-best 15 kills (.560), and sophomore libero Taylor Scalia (Lake Elmo, Minn.) recorded 18 digs.

Game Review
The Blugolds cruised to a 25-8 triumph in the opening set, before posting a 14-6 run in the second frame to turn a 5-4 edge into a 19-10 advantage en route to a 2-0 lead in the match. Western New England kept the third set close early (4-4), before a decisive 8-0 spurt allowed Wisconsin-Eau Claire to pull away and complete the sweep.

Up Next
Western New England (0-2) will be back in action tomorrow on the second day of the Kean University Invitational with matches against Rivier (10 a.m.) and Vassar (2 p.m.).