Central Connecticut State University volleyball (2-7) got back in the win column this past weekend, taking two matches at the Desmond Siena Invitational to snap a seven-match losing streak to open the season.
Saturday's tilt against Siena on Sunday ended in a 3-1 set victory for the Blue Devil women, winning set two 26-24, set three 25-14 and set four 25-15.
The Blue Devils dropped the opening set 29-27 after taking a commanding lead of 9-2. Siena battled back and ultimately took the first frame.
In the second frame CCSU trailed early, but evened the score on a 5-0 run. Isabelle Roufs evened it up with three straight kills to end the set. In the third set, the Blue Devils rolled past Siena and carried it into the fourth frame, despite the close final.
Nyjah Marcelin led CCSU with 16 kills in the win. Roufs had eight blocks and Ashlyn Eisenga had 22 digs, both of which were team-high.
CCSU split the Friday slate of the Desmond Siena Invitational, losing to Delaware State (8-1) 3-0 and beating Saint Francis University (3-6) 3-2.
Delaware State's streak through the early parts of the season led to CCSU being another victim of its success. Despite briefly holding a lead and competing, the Blue Devils dropped three straight sets at 25-19, 25-22 and 28-26.
A 6-1 run in the third set had the Blue Devils in its first set point scenario of the day, but an answer by the Hornets led to both sides trading kills before Delaware State ultimately came out on top in the decisive frame.
Marcelin led in kills with 11. Eisenga had 19 digs, Tori Boulay had 14 assists and Mia Lombardo had two blocks, all team-high.
Against Saint Francis, the Red Flash took a brief lead before the Blue Devils turned on the jets and rolled to a first set win at 25-12.
The Red Flash shaped up and gave the Blue Devils a contest, taking the next two sets at 25-22 and 25-18 to put the Blue Devils down 2-1 in sets. A third set lead of 16-13 wasn't enough as a 9-0 run by Saint Francis gave it the advantage.
In the fourth set Emma Henderson tallied five kills, including the set-deciding score, to win 25-19. In the fifth and decisive set the Blue Devils and Red Flash were locked in a tie at five different moments before CCSU took a 15-11 win.
Marcelin's 17 kills were a team-high and a career-high. Boulay had 24 assists and 10 digs. Lauren Milani and Emma Henderson also had 10 digs, each.
Henderson had seven kills to go with her digs. Roufs had seven blocks to lead her team.