MEDFORD – The No. 23 Tufts women's volleyball team came from behind in the third set and moved to a 3-1 win over Rochester Institute of Technology in the second game of The New England Invitational in Cousens Gym on Friday evening. The Jumbos were led by nine kill each from sophomores Brigid Bell and Christina Nwankpa.
|Christina Nwankpa helped the Jumbos with nine kill in the win|
With the win the Jumbos improve to 2-0 on the season. RIT, who beat Anna Maria in the first game of the evening, is now 3-2 this year.
The Jumbos took an early lead in set one with six straight points behind the serve of sophomore Kelly Klimo. The Jumbos would lead by as many as ten points in the first set as they moved to a 25-15 win.
It was the Tigers that took an early lead in set two. The Jumbos tied it at right and then took a three-point lead, but the Tigers came right back and with things tied at 14, the visitors took a lead they would not let go of. The Tigers tied the match at one with a 25-20 win in set two.
The third set was incredibly close, as the two teams were tied seven times before RIT scored four consecutive points to take a 17-14 lead. The Jumbos responded with six points behind the serve of sophomore Heather Holz to take a 20-17 lead. But the Tigers would not go away, and things were tied at 21. The Jumbos got a kill from junior Mackenzie Bright, two errors from the Tigers and an ace from senior captain Alex Garret to take the 25-21 win in set three.
The Jumbos took the lead in set four and never relinquished that. They scored eight points behind the serve of Bell to take a 24-13 lead and after a Tiger point, secured the match win with a 25-14 win in set four.
The Tigers were led by a match-high 13 kills from Sara Taylor. Taylor Higgins added 12 kills and seven digs along with five blocks. Kirstie Wehler also had five kills and seven digs. Shelby Doheny helped at the net with five blocks. Erin Parkinson took care of the setting for the Tigers, finishing with 30 assists.
In addition to nine kills for the Jumbos Bell added nine digs and Nwankpa added three blocks. Holz finished with six kills and five blocks and freshman Jordan Kron tallied eight kills and three blocks. Garrett turned in nine digs for the Jumbos and three aces. Klimo helped with a match-high 17 digs. Junior Angela Yu took care of a majority of the setting, finishing with 28 assists.
The Jumbos and Tigers are both back in action tomorrow in invitational play. RIT plays at Brandeis at 2 pm. The Jumbos host Minnesota Morris at 12 pm and Marymount at 4 pm.