Davidson Volleyball Blanks Rhode Island
DAVIDSON — The Davidson volleyball team completed a winning weekend with a 3-0 home victory over Rhode Island Sunday afternoon in Belk Arena.
The 25-17, 25-23, 25-23 Atlantic 10 win followed a 3-1 victory over Fordham on Friday.
“Obviously thrilled with the outcome of the weekend,” said Davidson coach Chris Willis, whose team improved to 8-10 overall and 3-2 in the A-10. “For us, we can’t be satisfied getting two wins. We have to use it as a springboard to get better.”
Hattie Rodriguez led the way with 11 kills, including five in the opening set.
“Hattie, once again, stood out for us,” said Willis. “She finds ways to get the ball on the floor, which bodes well for the rest of the year.”
Willis was also pleased with the Wildcats’ defense, which totaled 62 digs, led by Josie Treadwell’s 12 and Elise Edman’s 10. Five other Wildcats had at least six. And Willis liked how his team performed receiving serves from “one of the best serving teams in the conference.”
Davidson hit .346 in the opening set and pulled away from a 15-13 lead before back-to-back kills by Ellie Crosley and Alison Jennings sealed the set. The second set featured 14 ties, including at 21-all, before a Sydney Champaigne kill provided the two-point edge.
The third set was also tight, but Madeline Wynn had four kills in the set, including the Wildcats’ 23rd and 24th points, and teamed with Champaigne for the match point block.
Davidson hits the road for a 12 p.m. match at VCU on Saturday, Oct. 19.