Manyak, Newcomb and Beauvais honored on senior Night
Fitchburg, Mass.– The Fitchburg State women's volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to the Owls of Westfield State this evening at the Parkinson Gymnasium in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action.
Score: Fitchburg State 0, Westfield State 3 (13-25, 15-25, 11-25)
Records: Fitchburg State (3-16, 1-4 MASCAC) | Westfield State (11-13, 6-0 MASCAC)
The Falcons jumped out to a 3-1 lead with kills from Leah Sheehan (Billerica, Mass.) and Paige Anderson (Winchendon, Mass.). The Owls responded with a 10-3 run topped by a kill from senior Hanna Simpkins (Walpole, Mass.) to take an 11-6 lead. Fitchburg capitalized on an attack error from Westfield and another kill from Sheehan to cut the deficit to 22-13. The visitors secured the first set victory with a pair of kills from senior Brianna Starkey (Rockland, Mass.), resulting in the 25-13 final.
In the second set, the Owls quickly grabbed a 9-4 advantage, however the Falcons answered with a pair of blocks from Newcomb to trail 12-10 midway through the match. Westfield closed out the match 25-15 with a 4-0 run on Shawna Crowley's (Billerica, Mass.) serve.
In the final set, the hosts opened with a quiet 2-0 lead. Westfield reeled off six straight points to take a 6-2 lead, however the Green and Gold answered with a pair of kills from Beauvais and Newcomb to make it an 8-6 game. The Owls finished out the match notching six of the game's final seven points for the 25-11 win.
Inside the Numbers
- Fitchburg State was led by Anderson with a team-best seven kills, three digs and an assist, Manyak added seven digs and eight assists. Sheehan was also solid for the Falcons, collecting three kills and seven digs.
- For Westfield, senior Ally Rega (Chelmsford, Mass.) had a game best 27 assists and six digs, while Starkey added 11 kills.
Falcons will travel to Mt. Holyoke next Thursday (10/31) for a non-conference bout, starting at 7:00 PM. Trailblazers will visit MIT on Saturday for a non-conference tri-match with the Engineers at 11:00 AM and Simmons starting at 1:00 PM.