How It Happened
In a battle between unbeaten teams, Rhode Island fell for the first time in Atlantic 10 play, losing 3-1 (19-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-21) to Dayton Friday night.
Both teams entered the night on five-match winning streaks, but Rhody (9-8, 4-1 A-10) was unable to keep up with the visiting Flyers (17-1, 4-0 A-10).
A balanced attack in the opening set helped the Rams get off to a fast start. Audrey Castro had six kills, Sam Roberts added five and Callan Kinnan and Marie Gillcrist each had three in the first set. Kinnan was everywhere early, recording 14 kills and four digs to go with the three kills in the first set. Rhode Island took the opening set despite Dayton committing zero attack errors in 21 attacks.
From there, it was all Dayton. Dayton's defense came back strong in the second set. After allowing Rhode Island to hit .406 in the first set, the Flyers forced nine attack errors in the second set as the Rams hit just .057 as a team, helping Dayton knot the match.
The Flyers controlled the tempo in the third and fourth sets behind their defense. With a 16-2 advantage in blocks, Dayton caused problems at the net for Rhode Island. In the third set in particular, the Rams had just seven kills with six errors, helping Dayton establish an edge it never relinquished.
Inside the Box Score
- Junior Sam Roberts posted a career-best 10 kills with just two attack errors for a team-best .471 attack percentage.
- Senior Callan Kinnan picked up her team-high seventh double-double of the season, finishing with 46 assists and 13 digs. She had three kills, all of which came in the first set.
- Senior Audrey Castro had a team-high 16 kills to go with eight digs.
- Junior Marie Gillcrist had nine kills and a solid .353 hitting percentage.
- Sophomore Olivia Budinich had nine digs and three assists.
- Dayton's trio of Jessica Sloan, Jamie Peterson and Lauren Bruns combined for 40 kills while committing just eight attack errors.
- Dayton setter Jane Emmenecker had 50 assists.
Stat of the Match
0 – Dayton has zero seniors on its roster.
Rhode Island is back in Keaney Gymnasium Saturday to host Saint Louis. The match starts at 7 p.m.