North Adams, MA- The MCLA Volleyball team outlasted the Bridgewater State Bears 3-2 to earn a MASCAC win this afternoon. With the win, the Trailblazers improve to 7-14 overall and 2-3 in the conference. The Bears drop to 4-16 overall and sit at 2-3 in the MASCAC.
The Trailblazers took the opening set 25-20 before the Bears won the second 25-19 to even things up. The Trailblazers took the third set 25-19 before BSU forced the deciding set with a 25-23 win in the fourth. In the deciding set, MCLA handled BSU 15-11 to claim the win.
Brooke Queripel led the Trailblazers with 16 kills on 44 attacks. Brianne O'Rourke filled the stat sheet with 8 kills and 4 blocks. Natasha Stewart collected 25 assists while Taylor Wiese notched 15. On defense, Mele Enomoto had 19 digs while Michelle Laga added 10.
For the Bears, they were paced by Kayla Baril's game high 18 kills on 48 attacks. Elexi Miskiv dished out 42 assists on the afternoon, while Cassidy Tyros led the defense with 23 digs. Baril added to her monster game with 20 digs while Abigail Gardner notched 15 and Alyssa Kelly added 10.
In the deciding set, MCLA held a slim 12-11 lead before rattling off the final three points to win the match. Queripel started with a kill and when Maggie Allen added her 8th of the day, it was match point. An attack error from the Bears clinched the win for MCLA.
Both teams will be taking on Eastern Connecticut in the nightcap.