How It Happened
After a sluggish start in the first set, Rhode Island stormed back to sweep Manhattan 25-23, 25-13, 25-21 and complete a perfect 3-0 weekend at the Hartford Invitational Saturday evening.
Trailing 22-11 in the opening set, the Rams (3-3) ran off 12 consecutive points and 15 of the final 16 points to take the first set 25-23. Senior Layne Self led the rally with her defense, recording six blocks in the set. Four of her blocks came in a five-point span.
Rhody jumped out early in the second set against a stunned Manhattan (0-6) team, building a 17-7 lead. The Rams cruised to a 25-13 win for the two-set advantage.
The third set was all Rhode Island early, as the Rams built a 7-2 cushion behind a couple kills from Rachel Lynne Cox. The Jaspers rallied to tie the set 19-19, but Rhode Island ended the match with a 6-2 run to get its record back to .500 for the season.
Inside the Box Score
- Senoir setter Callan Kinnan was named MVP of the Hartford Invitational. Senior outside hitter Audrey Castro and junior middle Marie Gillcrist were also named to the all-tournament team.
- Senior middle Layne Self moved into fourth in career blocks at URI, passing Cheri Melson (1997-00). She has 392 career blocks and sits 28 blocks behind Yolanda Bogacz (1998-01) for third.
- Castro collected her third double-double of the season with 13 kills and 12 digs.
- Castro also led the Rams with her 12 digs. Sophomore libero Olivia Budinich was second with nine digs, and Kinnan had seven.
- The starting middle duo of Self and Gillcrist combined for 13 kills and only one attack error for the match. Self had eight of the kills, while Gillcrist had the other five.
- Self collected 12 blocks in the match, the most blocks in a single match since Carrie Gangl versus Dayton on Oct. 11, 1996.
- Kinnan tallied 33 assists and a .500 hitting percentage for the match.
Stat of the Match
- 12 – During its first set rally, Rhode Island scored 12 consecutive points, the team's longest rally of the season.
The Rams head home to host the annual Art Carmichael Invitational next weekend. Rhody welcomes Stony Brook, San Diego State and Notre Dame in for the two-day tournament. Rhode Island opens against Stony Brook Friday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. and then plays San Diego State at 7 p.m.