Sept. 13, 2003
The Central Connecticut volleyball team continues its best-ever Division I start, improving to 7-1 with a 30-25, 30-24, 24-30, 30-27 non-conference victory over Siena on Saturday afternoon.
The Blue Devils, who upgraded to Division I for the 1986 season, have now won two-straight matches.
Junior Shannon Verity (Baldwin, NY), who plays the left and right sides, chipped in five of her team-high 18 kills in the second game to stake the Blue Devils to a 2-0 advantage.
Siena broke through for a 30-24 victory in the third game, with senior outside hitter Lauren Weber posting a game-high six kills along with a trio of digs.
Sophomore outside hitter Chantelle Bowden (Chilliwack, BC) spearheaded the blue and white offense and defense in the decisive fourth game, collecting a half dozen kills and five digs for the winners.
Bowden recorded 15 kills on the day, followed by 13 from junior Jen Cote (Powell River, BC), who has now totalled double-digit kills in seven of CCSU's eight outings.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Blue Devils rang up 26 total blocks, led by eight from Cote and five each from freshman Milou Saxton (Balzac, Alberta) and Verity. Bowden was the lone Blue Devil to crack the double-digit dig column with 13.
Four Siena players finished with doable-digit kills; Weber recorded a match-high 20, followed by 18 from Amy Christensen, 14 from Liz Hubbard and 10 from Christie Gustafson. Weber was also tops on defense with 20 digs.
"It's nice to come away with a win today, when we were not on top of our game," Central's fourth-year head coach Linda Sagnelli said. "Our passing game was off, but we pulled together as a team and squeaked out a win.
"I have to credit Siena (1-7)," Sagnelli continued. " They were very aggressive. Their outside hitters were pounding away because we were late on our blocks.
"Jen is off to a wonderful start," Sagnelli said of Cote, a 6-0 middle blocker. "She can get a lot of points for us, but we had trouble getting her the ball in the middle. Shannon (Verity) and Chantelle (Bowden) really put down some balls. Our outsides kept us in the game."
"The collective attitude of our team is positive. The players support each other on and off of the court, and they pick each other up."