The University of Rhode Island women’s volleyball team split a pair of weekend games with a 3-0 win over La Salle University on Sunday, after being swept on Friday by Duquesne University.
The Rams raised their record for the season to 16-8 and marked the first time since 2002 that the team has surpassed the 15-win mark. Rhode Island is 7-4 in Atlantic 10 Conference play with three games remaining on its schedule.
In their match against Duquesne, the Rams posted a hard battle in the opening and closing set, with Rhode Island losing 30-32 and 23-25, respectively. During the first set, the teams went back and forth exchanging missed chances at victory. Â Both combined for seven set-point opportunites before the Dukes would go on to take the win. The Rams followed up with a 25-18 second-set loss before eventually being dealt the loss in the final set.
“We needed to break through that first [set] and it’s obviously disappointing to play that hard and lose,” Rhode Island head coach Bob Schneck said. “All in all, it wasn’t our best outing. I thought we had an opportunity to win a game or two in that match, if not, the match.”
On Sunday, Rhode Island posted different results against a La Salle team that was riding a six-game losing skid entering the matchup. There was no point in the match where the Rams allowed La Salle to get close. All three periods ended in victory with the scores reading 25-13 for the first and third and 25-17 in the second.
The Explorers committed 20 attack errors, while URI had just nine, good for the third time this season that Rhode Island finished with fewer than 10 attack errors. The team also held the advantage in kills, assists, service aces, digs, total team blocks and sideout percentage.
Rhode Island sophomore Layne Self totalled impressive statistics over the weekend. In the La Salle game alone, she executed 10 kills, zero errors and four block assists. Her efforts over the weekend have also secured a second season where she has had over 100 blocks, a feat accomplished by only six other Rams before.
“(On Friday) there wasn’t much leadership out on the court, we were playing as individuals and there wasn’t a lot of togetherness, but on Sunday, we played well together,” Self said. “We had a lot of energy and we were ready to redeem ourselves.”
The Rams, who are tied for fourth in the conference, next face Fordham University at Frank W. Keaney Gymnasium on Saturday at 5 p.m. in Kingston. Fordham is 2-29 overall on the season with both victories coming in Atlantic 10 play. They are 2-8 in their last 10 matchups.