How It Happened
Senior Callan Kinnan became the first Rhode Island player in the rally point era to reach 4000 career assists as she led Rhode Island to its fifth straight victory, a 25-23, 25-22, 25-19 sweep at George Washington Saturday night.
With the victory, Rhode Island (9-7, 4-0 Atlantic 10) is off to its best start in conference play in 17 seasons. The last time the Rams won their first four A-10 matches was 1999, when they started 6-0 against league opponents.
Kinnan entered the match needing 42 assists to reach 4000. Despite it being a three-set match, she finished with 45 assists. She is now the second Rhode Island player ever to reach 4000. Jessica Salmans (1994-97) had 5897 assists, but she played her entire career in the sideout era, when teams needed to be serving in order to score points.
With Kinnan distributing the ball cleanly, Rhode Island hit a sparkling .404 as a team. The Rams had 49 kills with just 11 errors in 94 total attacks. Every player who attempted an attack had at least a .217 hitting percentage as Rhode Island never let George Washington (6-11, 0-4 A-10) into the match.
Inside the Box Score
- Seniors Audrey Castro and Layne Self combined for 27 kills. Self had 13 kills with just one error, while Castro had 14 kills and five digs.
- In addition to her passing game, senior Callan Kinnan had three service aces. She now has 120 for her career, moving her past Lindsay Watty (1997-2000) for eighth place in program history.
- Junior Sam Roberts had seven kills and no errors for a strong .412 hitting percentage.
- Junior Kylee Wolfe had nine kills and four digs.
- Junior Jessie Blaze had a team-high eight digs.
- Rhode Island had just five attack errors over the final two sets. The Rams had two in the second set and three in the third.
- The Rams have yet to drop a set in conference play.
Stat of the Match
4000 – Rhode Island senior Callan Kinnan became the second Ram ever – and the first in the rally point era – to reach 4000 career assists.
Rhode Island returns home to host Dayton Friday, Oct. 7 in a match between the top two teams in the conference. The Flyers are 3-0 in A-10 action. The match begins at 7 p.m.