DANBURY, CT – Senior outside hitter Karissa Smith (Bristol, CT) notched a team-high 15 kills, while classmate Cady Cordes (Fallon, NV) and sophomore Kamari King (East Hartford, CT) each chipped in with 13 to lead the third-seeded Western Connecticut State University women’s volleyball to a 3-1 (25-18, 17-25, 25-18, 25-22) win over visiting No. 6 seed Southern Maine in an LEC Postseason Tournament Quarterfinal match-up on Tuesday at Feldman Arena. With the win, the Colonials improved to 20-10 overall and advanced to the LEC Semifinals where they will meet second-seeded host Plymouth State on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Western earned a first set victory on the strength of a .325 hitting percentage (17 kills, 4 errors, 40 attempts). The role reversed in the second set as the Huskies forced the Colonials into a -.027 percentage en route to the win. The hosts rallied to capture the third set as Cordes tallied five of floors in the stanza. Smith recorded six of her kills to lead Western in the fourth set and King smacked the match-winner, sending the Colonials to the next round.
Southern Maine junior Jess Williamson (Goffstown, NH) paced the visitors with a match-high 16 kills, while sophomoreNicole Schmitz (St. Paul, MN) and senior Megan Nilson (Granby, CT) dished out 21 assists apiece. Western senior setterDanielle Kaminsky (Southington, CT) finished with a match-high 46 assists.
Fourth-seeded Eastern Connecticut – who knocked off No. 5 Keene State – squares off against top-seeded host UMass-Boston in the other semifinal match on Thursday night with the LEC Championship slated for Saturday.