The College of New Rochelle volleyball team swept both of its matches Saturday in a tri-match held at the Wellness Center. The Blue Angels defeated both College of St. Elizabeth and Mitchell College in straight sets and have now won 14 of their last 15 matches, with 13 coming in straight sets.
In the other game of the tri-match, Mitchell (3-9) defeated St. Elizabeth (7-8), 3-0.
In the opening match against St. Elizabeth, Meghan King (New City, NY/Clarkstown North) slammed home a match-high 11 kills without committing an error, hitting at a .550 clip. Fabiola Padilla Rios (San Juan, PR/University Gardens) added seven kills and a match-high 12 digs, while Indigo Flowers (Castro Valley, CA/Castro Valley) handed out a match-high 13 assists. The Blue Angels (14-4) hit .371 as a team, including a 13-kill, 1-error (.600) effort in the second set.
CNR opened the match with a 5-0 run before the Eagles responded with four straight points to pull within one, 5-4. From there, the Blue Angels took control of the set, outscoring St. Elizabeth 20-8 the rest of the way to take the first set, 25-12.
The second set saw CNR earn seven of the first eight points, and closed out the set with an 8-0 run to win the set, 25-10 and take a 2-0 lead.
A 6-1 CNR run began the final set, and a 15-3 run in the middle stages of the set propelled the Blue Angels to a 25-12 win and a 3-0 match victory.
In the finale against Mitchell, King again led the offensive effort for CNR, tallying a match-high 10 kills against just one error and hitting at a .391 clip. Flowers and Padilla Rios each recorded a team-high 13 digs and Melanie Lopez Soto (Gurabo, PR/Notre Dame) added a match-high 17 assists.
Much like the match against St. Elizabeth, the Blue Angels raced out to an early lead in the opening set, scoring eight of the first nine points. A 9-1 run late in the set put the set out of reach, as CNR earned a 25-10 win.
The Mariners started the second set strong, leading 5-3 before the Blue Angels seized control yet again, putting together a 16-2 run to take a 19-7 lead en route to a 25-13 win.
In the third set, CNR tallied eight of the first 10 points, and used another big run, 11-2, to put the match to bed, as the Blue Angels took the set, 25-11, and the match, 3-0.
The Blue Angels return to action tonight, Tuesday, September 30, traveling to HVIAC foe Yeshiva University for a match slated to begin at 8:00 PM.