Volleyball Moves on GNAC Semifinals with Five-Set, 3-2, Win Over Seventh-Seed Lasell

Photo by Ray Bruno
Photo by Ray Bruno

BOSTON – Simmons volleyball (19-6) is moving on to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) semifinals following a five-set, 3-2, victory over the seventh-seed Lasell University (16-13), Tuesday evening.

Sophomore Claire Conners led three Sharks in double figure kills, notching 17 kills on 37 attempts for a .378 attack percentage, while senior Krissy Lloyd followed up, hitting .417 with 12 kills on 24 attempts. Junior Sydney Iannantuono rounded out the trio in double digits with 11. 

Set 1: Simmons 25, Lasell 12
Hitting .462 as a team, Simmons took the 1-0 match advantage, taking the first set, 25-12. Lloyd was four of nine from the floor, while sophomore setter Kat Simeonidis paced the offense with 11 assists.

Set 2: Lasell 25, Simmons 22
The Lasers answered in the second set and evened the match at 1-1, edging out the Sharks, 25-22. First-year Camila Lopez was flawless from the floor tallying five kills on eight attempts for a staggering .625 attack percentage.

Iannantuono led Simmons, hitting .375 with four kills on eight attempts, while also notching 10 defensive digs..

Set 3: Simmons 25, Lasell 11
The Sharks returned to form offensively, posting a .393 attack percentage to win the third set, 25-11, and re-gain th4e 2-1 match advantage. Conners was nearly perfect, registering seven kills on nine attempts, while Simeonidis set the tone with 11 assists.

Set 4: Lasell 25, Simmons 23
But Lasell was not going to back down and tied up the match once again, edging out Simmons, 25-23 in the fourth set. First-year Juliana Medini posted a .833 attack percentage, notching five kills on six attempts, while Lopez led the defense with seven digs.

Set 5: Simmons 15, Lasell 6
Simmons shut the door on Lasell in the fifth and final set, hitting .700 as a team and sealed the match with a 15-6 win. Sophomore Jordan Hacker ignited a 7-1 run with a pair of aces to pull away from the Lasers. Conners, Fortune, Iannantuono and sophomore Jayla Parnell were all perfect from the floor in the fifth set. Parnell tallied a set-high three kills, while Conners followed up with two.


  • The Sharks posted a .700 attack percentage in the final set, registering eight kills on 10 attempts with one miscue.
  • Sophomore outside hitter Claire Conners hit .378 on night tallying 17 kills on 37 attempts and just three miscues.
  • Senior middle blocker Krissy Lloyd registered a .417 attack percentage with 12 kills,while Sydney Iannantuono followed up with 11.
  • Sophomore Kat Simeonidis registered her eighth double-double of the season, tallying 10 digs while paciing the offense with 44 assists. 

Simmons returns to floor, hosting third-seed Johnson & Wales University on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.