How it Happened
Rhode Island (9-16, 3-10 A-10) won its second straight match, sweeping George Mason (10-13, 8-5 A-10) Friday night.
With the score tied 9-9 in the opening set, the Rams went on an 11-4 run to take command. Jenna McGuire keyed the run with hr defense. She combined with Lauren Pick on back-to-back blocks, then added a solo block to start the run. Kills from Pick, Gabrielle Shilling, Hazel Brown and Mariah Paulette helped Rhody build its lead before taking the set, 25-18.
The second set was tight throughout, with neither side leading by more than three points at any time. George Mason had set point at 26-25, but kills from Brown and Natale Zanellato followed by a block by Paulette gave the Rams the set, 28-26.
Any shot of a Patriot rally was squelched by Rhody late in the third. A Shilling kill put the Rams up 19-18, and URI never gave up the lead from there. Three kills by Brown, plus one each from Paulette and Zanellato helped Rhody win the third, 25-22, and clinch the win.
Inside the Box Score
- Rhode Island's defense held George Mason to hitting percentages of .111 in the first set, .125 in the second and .091 in the third.
- By contrast, the Rams hit .213 or better in all three sets.
- Rhode Island had just 14 attack errors on the night, compared to 23 for the Patriots.
- Junior Hazel Brown and freshman Gabrielle Shilling each had 13 kills to lead the Rhody offense. The mark was a career-high for both women.
- Shilling had a match-best .545 attack percentage, committing just one error in 22 attacks.
- Senior Lauren Pick had 37 assists and 11 digs, picking up an impressive double-double in a three-set match.
- Pick moved into eighth place in URI history with 1,732 assists, passing Kaira Kachadurian (2006-07).
- Senior Olivia Budinich had 12 digs, while sophomore Annie Ell added 10.
- With 1,037 career digs, Budinich is now eighth all-time in program history.