Volleyball sweeps Assumption in home finale

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Photo courtesy of Tyler Wells

Emily Barry spikes the ball against Assumption University, West Haven, Nov. 1, 2022.

Christopher Elwell, Sports Editor

The New Haven women’s volleyball team stayed in the win column last Tuesday night with their dominant win over the Assumption Greyhounds in straight sets. New Haven used this match to gain momentum in the final week of the season before the Northeast-10 playoffs. The win brought the Chargers to 15-10 overall and 6-4 in conference play.

From the beginning it was a dominant effort by the Chargers, jumping out to an early lead in the first set. A kill by outside hitter Macy Brown, who led the team with 12 for the game, got New Haven started with the first point of the match. After exchanging points early, New Haven rattled off six straight points to take a 10-4 lead, with kills from middle blocker Amihan Johnson and outside hitters Emily Barry and Avery Moore.

They would not ease up on the Greyhounds, only allowing them to score two consecutive points just once for the rest of the set. New Haven would take the first set in dominant fashion by a score of 25-12, capped off with a kill by middle blocker Kylie Reynolds-Martin.

New Haven picked up right where they left off in the second set, starting off with a service ace from defensive specialist Carleigh Vedder. They did not trail at any point in the set as the offense was firing on all cylinders, moving the ball around and getting everyone in on the action. Brown led the way with four kills in the set and the Chargers would take a commanding 2-0 lead following Barry’s kill to take the set by a score of 25-16.

Assumption took an early 6-4 lead in the third set to try and keep the game going. It was a back-and-forth affair with both teams rattling off point streaks to bring the set to a 13-13 tie halfway through the set. New Haven would take the lead with a kill from Brown, which they would not give up. Brown also tallied a service ace to give them a comfortable lead, capped off with kills by Moore, Reynolds-Martin, and Barry to take the third set with a convincing 25-19 win and the match in straight sets.

Setter Sophia Leon-Tabor tallied all 38 assists and a service ace on the game for New Haven, one of nine for the team. Barry would finish the game with nine kills, good for second on the team, with Reynolds-Martin coming right behind her with eight.

New Haven then took to the road to take on the Saint Anselm Hawks on Friday, dropping the match 3-0. With a quick turnaround for the next day, the Chargers traveled to St. Michael’s College for their final match of the regular season. New Haven dropped the first set against the Purple Knights, but rebounded to take the next three and the overall match. With the win, the Chargers finished as the sixth seed in the NE-10, earning a matchup against Adelphi on Thursday in the first round of the playoffs. More information can be found at NewHavenChargers.com.