Volleyball Falls to AIC in Season Finale

THE BASICS:

- Score: American International 3, Assumption 0 (25-21,25-17,25-23)

- Record: Assumption (5-17, 3-10 NE10), American International (19-9, 10-2 NE10)

- Location: Worcester, Mass. (Laska Gymnasium)

- The Lead: The Assumption College volleyball team nearly captured the opening set, but ultimately fell to American International College (AIC) in three sets to conclude their 2017 season on Tuesday evening. 
 
HOW IT HAPPENED: 

- In the first set, AIC took an early 6-3 lead. The Yellow Jackets were able to maintain this lead, while the points tallied back and forth, going into the 15th point, with a 14-12 advantage. The Yellow Jackets extend their lead 21-15 by outscoring the Hounds 7-3. The Hounds made a run of their own, outscoring AIC 5-1, to make it a 22-20. A kill by Arianna Pena-Martinez and a couple attack errors on Assumption gave the set to the Yellow Jackets 25-21. 

- AIC jumped out to an early 6-1 lead with two kills by Andrea Dillon and one kill by Anne Boele. A kill by Mary Campbell (Plainville Mass. / Bishop Feehan) and kill by Kellie Smith (Richland, Mich. Gull Lake) helped the Hounds inch closer down 11-4. Both teams tallied back and forth to make it a 16-8 Yellow Jackets lead. Two kills by Jana Potic and Andrea Dillon helped the Yellow Jackets go on a 5-3 run to extend their lead 22-12. Kills by Olivia Burke (Salem, N.H., Salem) and Kellie Smith (Richland, Mich. Gull Lake) helped the Hounds go on a 5-1 run to make it a 23-17 contest. Kills by Vitoria Perini and Ada Guilera Martinez gave the Yellow Jackets the 2nd set 25-17.

- In a back and forth battle, a couple kills by Julia Goyette (Randolph, Mass. / Ursuline Academy) and Ariana Orcera (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico / Colegio Marista) gave Assumption an early 11-9 lead. AIC went on a 5-0  run with kills by Potic and Boele to take a 14-11 lead. The Hounds were able to go on a 10-1 run of their own to the tie the set at 21. The Yellow Jackets were able to secure the set, 25-23, and a win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Assumption recorded a hitting percentage of .164, tallied 33 kills, 51 digs and 16 blocks while AIC hit .221 to go with 50 kills, 68 digs and two blocks. 

- Sophomore Brenna Chrisom (Dover, NH. / St. Thomas Aquinas ), and Kellie Smith (Richland, Mich. / Gull Lake) had 15 and 11 digs, respectively. Julia Goyette (Randolph, Mass. / Ursuline Academy) led the offense with nine kills, and .241 hitting percentage. Smith and Romanik were right behind Goyette with eight and seven kills, respectively.

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