HARTFORD, Conn. – Simmons University volleyball (3-1) began the two-day Trinity College Tournament with a four-set, 3-1 (25-17, 25-13, 23-25, 25-19) victory over Westfield State University, Friday evening.
The Sharks were strong in all facets off the match. Offensively, three Sharks reached double digit kills – junior Sydney Iannantuono (13), senior Amanda Fortune (12), and sophomore Claire Conners (10), while defensively Simmons tallied a season-best 10 total blocks as a team.
Iannatuono registered her first double-double of the season, notching 17 defensive digs in addition to her team-best 13 kills. Conners was steady on offensive, posting a .429 attack percentage with 10 kills on 21 attempts.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Simmons jumped out to the early 1-0 match advantage, taking the first set, 25-17. Fortune was nearly perfect from the floor tallying five kills on six attempts, while Conners hit .625 with five kills on eight attempts.
The Sharks continued to keep their foot on the accelerator heading into the second set. Fortune posted another five kills while partnering with senior Krissy Lloyd for a block assist. As a team Simmons combined for eight service aces, getting four from first-year Ava Saltzgiver.
Westfield State got a game back to stay alive in the match. Ashley Crowley led the Owls with four kills while as a team they tacked on three total blocks.
Simmons sealed the game with a 25-13 win in the fourth set. Iannantuono was four for 10 from the floor with five defensive digs and a block assist. Saltzgiver was solid once again, pacing the offense with 10 assists.
- Junior Sydney Iannantuono registered her first double-double of the season, tallying 13 kills and 17 defensive digs.
- Sophomore Claire Conners posted a .429 attack percentage (10 kills, 21 attempts).
- First-year Ava Saltzgiver paced the offense with 26 set assists.
Simmons returns to the courts tomorrow against Eastern Connecticut State University at 10 a.m.