Candelaria Hammers 19 in Chargers 3-1 Win Over Rollins

Charger Athletics

LOWELL, Mass. – The University of New Haven women’s volleyball team defeated Rollins College 3-1 Sunday afternoon on the final day of the Bentley University Invitational, which was hosted at UMass Lowell. The Chargers improve to 5-3 on the season, while Rollins falls to 11-2 with the loss.

After playing even through the first 12 points in the opening set, the Chargers gave up three unanswered points to fall behind 9-6. New Haven rallied in the set and eventually evened the score at 14-14. They then scored six of the next seven points to take a commanding 20-15 lead in the set. The teams exchanged points before the Chargers took at 25-20 victory.

The second set started much like the opening set, with New Haven falling behind by a point early. UNH then went on a 7-1 runs, giving them a 14-8 lead. Rollins fought back, however, and once again evened the score at 17-17 later in the match. The Chargers managed to close out the set which concluded with a kill by Chelsey Alpough.

In the third set, the Tars and Chargers played to a 15-15 tie, before Rollins took control of the set with a 4-0 run. UNH cut the lead to 21-20, but the Tars closed out the set by scoring four of the last three points, winning 25-23.

In the forth set the Chargers took a 4-4 score and tallied three unanswered points. The Chargers led by as many as seven, at the 15-8 mark, and did not allow the Tars closer than three points in the 25-20 victory.

Freshman Keidy Candelaria led the Chargers with 19 kills on 48 attempts with seven errors (.250 hitting percentage) in the match. Sara Malmlov tallied 18 kills on 43 attempts with four errors (.326 hitting percentage). Tia Inong also tallied double figure kills with 10.
Alpough dished out 48 assists in the match, while Inong led the UNH defense with 20 digs. Libero Heather Ladao added 29 digs and Malmlov added 13 digs.