2016 Western Volleyball News

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    February 21, 2017
    WestConn Athletics Reaching Out To Help An Opponent DANBURY, CT - The Western Connecticut State University Athletic Department, behind graduating senior Celia DeVoe (Farmington, CT), and WestConn Student Athletic Advisory Council, are looking for your help. They along with several athletic programs around the Little East Conference and the northeast are running a Marrow Donor Registry Drive. WestConn's will be held on Thursday, March 2 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Midtown Campus Student Center.
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    January 12, 2017
    Western Connecticut Places 23 Student-Athletes on LEC Fall All-Academic Team PAWTUCKET, R.I. - The Little East Conference announced the 2016 Fall All-Academic teams today, honoring 23 Western Connecticut State University student-athletes in its five fall championship sports, field hockey, men?s soccer, women?s soccer, women?s tennis and women?s volleyball.
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    December 08, 2016
    Karissa Smith Named to 2016 Co-SIDA Academic All-America Third Team AUSTIN, Texas – Western Connecticut State University senior outside hitter Karissa Smith (Bristol, CT) headlines the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division III Volleyball Team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Smith was named to the Third Team this fall.
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    November 08, 2016
    Karissa Smith And Danielle Kaminsky Named To Little East Conference All-Star Team... Don Ferguson Named Coach Of The Year DANBURY, CT - Western Connecticut State University senior Karissa Smith (Bristol, CT) and Danielle Kaminsky (Southington, CT) have been named to the 2016 Little East Conference Women's Volleyball All-Conference First and Second Teams, respectively. Colonials' head coach Don Ferguson has been named Coach of the Year by his peers.
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    November 07, 2016
    Karissa Smith Named To CoSIDA Academic All-District Team DANBURY, CT - Western Connecticut State University senior outside hitter Karissa Smith (Bristol, CT) has been named to the CoSIDA District 2 All-Academic Women's Volleyball Team. She has a perfect 4.0 grade-point average and will graduate with a Psychology degree in May.
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    November 03, 2016
    Third-Seeded Women's Volleyball Season Ends With 3-0 Loss at Second-Seeded Plymouth State in LEC Semifinals PLYMOUTH, NH - After downing No. 6 seed Southern Maine on Tuesday night, the third-seeded Western Connecticut women's volleyball team saw its season come to an end with a 3-0 (24-26, 20-25, 22-25) loss at second-seeded Plymouth State in the LEC Semifinals on Thursday night. With the loss, the Colonials wrapped up the 2016 slate at 20-11 overall. (Full Story Coming Soon...)
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    November 01, 2016
    Three Fall Teams Reach Little East Conference Tournament DANBURY, CT - The Western Connecticut State University men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball teams have qualified for the 2016 Little East Conference Post-Season Tournament. The champion of the LEC Tournament earns an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III National Championships.
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    November 01, 2016
    Autumn Sorice Named LEC Offensive Player Of The Week PAWTUCKET, RI - Western Connecticut State University junior forward Autumn Sorice (Bethel, CT) has been named Little East Conference Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, for the week ending October 30.
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    November 01, 2016
    Third-Seeded Women’s Volleyball Advances to LEC Semifinals With 3-1 Win Over No. 6 Southern Maine DANBURY, CT – Senior outside hitter Karissa Smith (Bristol, CT) notched a team-high 15 kills, while classmate Cady Cordes (Fallon, NV) and sophomore Kamari King (East Hartford, CT) each chipped in with 13 to lead the third-seeded Western Connecticut State University women’s volleyball to a 3-1 (25-18, 17-25, 25-18, 25-22) win over visiting No. 6 seed Southern Maine in an LEC Postseason Tournament Quarterfinal match-up on Tuesday at Feldman Arena. With the win, the Colonials improved to 20-10 overall and advanced to the LEC Semifinals where they will meet second-seeded host Plymouth State on Thursday at 7 p.m.
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    October 29, 2016
    Women's Volleyball Downs Unity & Southern Maine to Earn Third Seed in LEC Postseason Tournament GORHAM, ME - Senior outside hitter Karissa Smith (Bristol, CT) tallied 20 kills while sophomore Kamari King (East Hartford, CT) chipped in with 14 to lead the Western women's volleyball squad to a 3-1 win against host Southern Maine in an LEC opening tri-match. The Colonials returned to action later in the afternoon to down non-league foe Unity, 3-0. With the pair of wins, Western claimed the No. 3 seed in the LEC Postseason Tournament and will host sixth-seeded Southern Maine in a rematch on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
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    October 25, 2016
    Women's Volleyball Edges LEC Rival Eastern, 3-1 WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – In a match which featured 40 ties and 20 lead changes, the Western Connecticut State University women’s volleyball team erased a late five point deficit in the first set and went on to a four-set Little East Conference decision over Eastern Connecticut State University Tuesday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.
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    October 22, 2016
    Kanuk & Smith Lead Western Women’s Volleyball Past UMass-Dartmouth, 3-0, on Senior Day DANBURY, CT – Senior outside hitter Karissa Smith (Bristol, CT) tallied a match-high 18 kills, while classmate Jacqueline Kanuk (New Fairfield, CT) added some stellar serving to lead the Western Connecticut women’s volleyball squad to a 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-20) shutout win over visiting Little East Conference foe UMass-Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon at Feldman Arena. With the win, the Colonials improved to 16-10 overall and 2-3 in league play, while the Corsairs fell to 9-16 and 0-5.
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    October 20, 2016
    Women's Volleyball Falls at Clark, 3-0 Worcester, Mass. – Clark University continued its hot play on Thursday evening, making quick work of visiting Western Connecticut State, 3-0, in non-league volleyball action. The win for the Cougars is not only their fifth straight and seventh in their last eight matches, but sends their home record to 9-0 this season.
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    October 18, 2016
    Five Western Athletes Honored By Little East Conference PAWTUCKET, RI - Five Western Connecticut State University fall athletes have been honored by the Little East Conference for outstanding performances during the week ending October 16.
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    October 18, 2016
    Women's Volleyball Downs Westfield State, 3-0, Extends Win Steak to Five WESTFIELD, Mass. – Western Connecticut senior outside hitter Karissa Smith (Bristol Eastern/Bristol, Conn.) pounded out 12 kills to lead the Colonials to a 3-0 win over Westfield State University in a non-conference volleyball match on Tuesday night.
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    October 15, 2016
    Women's Volleyball Notches Pair of Wins at Wheaton Tri-Match NORTON, MA - The Western women’s volleyball team improved to 14-9 overall following a pair of wins at a tri-match hosted by Wheaton College on Saturday afternoon. Senior outside hitter Karissa Smith (Bristol, CT) tallied a match-high 19 kills in a 3-0 victory over Western New England before flooring yet another match-high of 12 in a 3-0 win over the hosts. (Full Story Coming Soon…)
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    October 14, 2016
    Western Connecticut Volleyball Has A #LEC30 Top Moment PAWTUCKET, R.I. - The Little East Conference has seen its share of dominating programs over the last 30 years. The Western Connecticut State women’s volleyball program had one of the best championship runs in the history of the Little East, becoming the first program to win five straight Little East Conference volleyball championships between 1999- 2003.
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    October 11, 2016
    Western Women's Volleyball Shuts Out LEC Foe Rhode Island College, 3-0 DANBURY, CT – Senior outside hitter Karissa Smith (Bristol, CT) racked up a match-high 15 kills, while sophomore Kamari King (East Hartford, CT) chipped in with 11 to lead the Western Connecticut women’s volleyball squad to a 3-0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-18) win over visiting Little East Conference foe Rhode Island College Tuesday evening at Feldman Arena. The Colonials claimed their first league victory of the season, improving to 12-9 overall and 1-3 in the LEC, while the Anchorwomen dropped to 7-9 and 0-4.
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    October 08, 2016
    Western Volleyball Splits Tri-Match with Keene State and Bridgewater State DANBURY, CT – After snapping a four-game losing skid on Thursday night, the Western Connecticut women’s volleyball team split a tri-match on Saturday afternoon, falling to LEC rival Keene State, 3-2 (21-25, 25-22, 25-16, 21-25, 15-7) in the opener before edging non-league opponent Bridgewater State, 3-1 (25-23, 25-17, 25-27, 25-17) to round out the action. Keene State outlasted Bridgewater State, 3-2 (25-23, 23-25, 25-21, 25-27, 15-11) in the second contest of the day.
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    October 06, 2016
    Western Volleyball Downs Non-League Foe John Jay, 3-0 DANBURY, CT – The Western Connecticut women’s volleyball squad snapped a four-game losing skid with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-10, 25-19) shutout victory over visiting non-league foe John Jay College on Thursday evening at Feldman Arena. Senior outside hitter Karissa Smith (Bristol, CT) paced the Colonials with a match-high 18 kills, while senior setter Danielle Kaminsky (Southington, CT) dished out 24 assists.
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    October 01, 2016
    Western Volleyball Falls to New England and Coast Guard at Roger Williams Tournament The Western Connecticut women's volleyball team dropped to 9-8 overall following a pair of losses at the Roger Williams Tournament on Saturday afternoon. The Colonials fell to the University of New England 3-1 (24-26, 25-21, 29-27, 25-22) before being edged by Coast Guard, 3-2 (25-22, 14-25, 23-25, 25-21, 17-15).
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    September 30, 2016
    Western Women's Volleyball Falls to Host Roger Williams at RWU Invite, 3-1 The Roger Williams University Women's Volleyball team opened the RWU Invitational with a 3-1 (20-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-20) victory over Western Connecticut State University Friday evening.
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    September 28, 2016
    Western Women's Volleyball Falls to Non-Conference Foe New Paltz, 3-0 DANBURY, CT – Despite match-highs of three solo blocks from rookie Alyssa Dam (Poughkeepsie, NY) and three service aces from senior Cady Cordes (Fallon, NV), the Western Connecticut women’s volleyball team fell to visiting non-conference foe New Paltz State, 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-20), Wednesday night at Feldman Arena. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 9-5 overall, while the Hawks improved to 10-7.
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    September 24, 2016
    Western Falls to Plymouth, Blanks Worcester DANBURY, CT – The Western Connecticut women’s volleyball team moved to 9-4 overall after splitting a pair of matches against visiting LEC foe Plymouth State and non-conference opponent Worcester State on Saturday afternoon at Feldman Arena. The Colonials put up a tough fight but were edged in the opening match to the Panthers, 3-2 (25-21, 24-26, 25-23, 22-25, 15-12) before shutting out Worcester State, 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-21) to round out the days matches. Plymouth also downed the Lancers 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-16).
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    September 17, 2016
    Western Volleyball Falls At UMass Boston BOSTON, Mass. – Led by Colleen Koen's (Centerville, Mass.) match-high 14 kills volleyball picked-up their first Little East Conference win of the year as they defeated Western Connecticut State University by the final of 3-0 Saturday afternoon in the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
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    September 16, 2016
    Western Women's Volleyball Win Streak Snapped, Falls to Salve Regina, 3-2 The Western women's volleyball team had its seven game winning streak snapped, falling at non-conference foe Salve Regina on Friday night. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 8-2 overall.
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    September 14, 2016
    Western Improves to 8-1 With Shutout Victory Over Medgar Evers DANBURY, CT – The Western Connecticut women’s volleyball team improved to 8-1 overall with a 3-0 (25-6, 25-10, 25-5) shutout victory over visiting non-conference opponent Medgar Evers on Wednesday night at Feldman Arena. Senior Cady Cordes (Fallon, NV) and sophomore Kamari King (East Hartford, CT) paced the Colonials with seven kills apiece.
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    September 13, 2016
    Women's Volleyball Blanks Trinity, 3-0 DANBURY, CT – Senior outside hitter Karissa Smith (Bristol, CT) smashed a match-high 13 kills to lead the Western Connecticut women’s volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-21) victory over visiting non-conference opponent Trinity College on Tuesday night at Feldman Arena. Classmate Cady Cordes (Fallon, NV) chipped in with eight kills, while sophomore Mikayla Aubry (Fresno, CA) floored six for the Colonials.
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    September 10, 2016
    Women's Volleyball Slips Past Wesleyan, Blanks Worcester State The Western women's volleyball squad earned a pair of victories at the Wesleyan Tournament on Saturday. The Colonials downed the hosts, 3-2, in a thriller before returning to shut out Worcester State, 3-0, later in the afternoon.
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    September 06, 2016
    Karissa Smith Named LEC Offensive Player Of The Week PAWTUCKET, RI - Western Connecticut State University senior outside hitter Karissa Smith (Bristol, CT) has been named Little East Conference Women's Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week, for the week ending September 4.
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    September 06, 2016
    Women's Volleyball Steamrolls Emmanuel, 3-0 DANBURY, CT – After an undefeated run while hosting the Colonial Invitational over the weekend, the Western Connecticut women’s volleyball team steamrolled visiting non-league foe Emmanuel College, 3-0, Tuesday night at Feldman Arena. Colonial senior outside hitter Karissa Smith (Bristol, CT) notched a match-high 11 kills, while classmate setter Danielle Kaminsky (Southington, CT) dished out 24 assists.
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    September 03, 2016
    Women's Volleyball Breezes Past Colby-Sawyer and Simmons To Wrap Up Colonial Invitational The Western women's volleyball team blanked visiting non-league nemesis Colby-Sawyer, 3-0, to open Day Two of the Colonial Invitational. The hosts then followed up the strong morning performance with a dominating 3-1 win over Simmons to wrap up the tournament. Western senior outside hitter Karissa Smith (Bristol, CT) was tabbed the Tournament MVP, while classmate setter Danielle Kaminsky (Southington, CT) also took home All-Tournament honors.
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    September 02, 2016
    Women's Volleyball Blanks St. Joseph's To Open Colonial Invitational, 3-0 After falling to Manhattanville in its season opener on Thursday, the Western Connecticut women’s volleyball team rebounded to blank visiting non-conference opponent St. Joseph’s (LI), 3-0, on Day One of the Colonial Invitational at the O’Neill Center on Friday night. Western returns to action for Day Two of the tournament on Saturday at 10 a.m. against Colby-Sawyer – who fell to Simmons College, 3-2 – in the Day One nightcap.
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    September 01, 2016
    Colonials Volleyball Falls At Manhattanville In 2016 Opener PURCHASE, N.Y. – Junior Kerry Mackey (Smithtown, N.Y./Christ the King) led a well-rounded Manhattanville College squad with 10 kills and a career-high six blocks as the Valiants started the 2016 season with a 3-1 (25-22, 25-16, 16-25, 25-23) victory over Western Connecticut State University in non-conference women's volleyball action on Thursday night at Kennedy Gymnasium.
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    August 12, 2016
    Western Women's Volleyball Awarded 2015-16 AVCA Academic Award DANBURY, CT - The Western Connecticut State University women's volleyball team, led by Head Coach Don Ferguson, is a recipient of the 2015-16 AVCA Team Academic Award.
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    June 22, 2016
    Girl's Volleyball Youth Clinic at Western coming August 15-17 The Western Connecticut Volleyball Program welcomes you to come and enjoy three days of instruction on the core fundamentals of volleyball.