DANBURY, CT – Junior outside hitter Kamari King (East Hartford, CT) notched a team-high eight kills in each contest as the Western Connecticut State University women's volleyball began 2017 play with a pair of losses at the hands of the Wentworth Institute of Technology and Simmons College as they hosted Day One of the Colonial Invitational. WestConn returns to action for Day Two when they square-off against Penn. State Berks on Saturday at 10 a.m.
The Colonials began the action with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-21) loss to Wentworth. In addition to King's eight kills, junior Mikayla Aubry (Fresno, CA) chipped in with seven, while classmate setter Jenna Skerritt (Wolcott, CT) dished out a match-high 25 assists for the hosts on Court One.
Meanwhile, on Court Two, the Rochester Institute of Technology downed Simmons 3-1 (26-24, 25-23, 16-25, 25-23). The Tigers were led by junior Sara Taylor (Tonawanda, NY) and rookie Taylor Higgins (Peru, NY) who tallied 10 kills apiece, while the Sharks were paced by Morgan Weeg's (Goodyear, AZ) 17 floors.
Wentworth returned to action on Court One, improving to 2-0 overall as they upended Penn State Berks 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-15). Sophomore outside hitter Claire Quick (Mission Viejo, CA) led the Leopards with a match-high nine kills, while sophomore Alexis Horst (Terre Hill, PA) paced the Nittany Lions with seven.
After a brief layoff, the Colonials returned to action, falling to Simmons in the nightcap on Court One, 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-19). Skerritt continued to set up her teammates, finishing with a match-high 17 helpers, while Weeg paced Simmons with a match-high 13 kills.
"We are a young team making simple errors that need to get cleaned up. We saw some progress as the day went on and hopefully we can build some momentum tomorrow," said WestConn head coach Don Ferguson at the conclusion of Friday's action.
The final match of the evening concluded on Court Two as RIT breezed to a 3-1 (25-17, 25-23, 15-25, 25-12) victory over Penn State Berks.
The Tournament continues at WestConn's Feldman Arena on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.