How it Happened
Rhode Island fell behind two sets to none, but rallied back to defeat Holy Cross 3-2 in the finale of the Holy Cross Invitational Saturday night.
After coming up short in the opening set 25-21, and dropping the second set 25-11, the Rams regrouped and began their furious comeback in the third. The rally began with the Rams claiming the first five points of the set before back-to-back kills by Claire Chaplinsky capped a 6-2 run that put URI ahead 11-2. Holy Cross was never able to score more than two consecutive points the rest of the way as Rhody kept its foot on the gas and cruised to a 25-14 win.
The Rams opened the fourth set on a tear as well, taking a 12-4 lead after a Crusaders attack error. From there, Holy Cross began to chip away at the Rhody advantage, closing the gap to just three points at 19-16. However, two kills each by Chaplinsky and Natale Zanellato, coupled with a pair of Crusader attack errors, allowed Rhody to win the set 25-20 and even the match at 2-2.
The Rams rode the momentum into the decisive fifth set, converting all 10 of their sideout opportunities and getting kills from five different players to complete the comeback with a match-clinching 15-9 victory.
Inside the Box Score
- With the win, URI improves to 2-4 while Holy Cross drops to 0-6.
- Freshman Mariah Paulette registered a team-high 13 kills on the night. She also led the Rams with six blocks, one of which was a solo.
- Redshirt Natale Zanellato double-doubled, finishing the match with 12 kills and 13 digs.
- Both Paulette and Zanellato were named to the All-Tournament team.
- Senior Lauren Pick recorded a career-high 20 digs to go along with 38 assists, two block assists and a pair of service aces.
- Senior Mckenzie Kiesle finished with a career-best five block assists while adding five kills and four digs.
- Senior libero Olivia Budinich set a new career high in assists, with nine. She also had 24 digs and one service ace.
- Sophomore Claire Chaplinsky added nine kills for the Rams.
The Rams are back in action next weekend when they return to Keaney Gymnasium to host the 11th annual Art Carmichael Invitational. The two-day tournament will also feature teams from Army West Point, New Hampshire and Yale.