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  • Writer's pictureJack Bienvenue

Lasers defeat Chargers in second game of tri-match

Updated: Oct 3, 2023

The women's volleyball team cruised to their 8th straight win in a sweep against the Colby Sawyer Chargers on Saturday afternoon on the back end of a tri-match at the Athletic Center.

The first set for the Lasers was defined by their defense, as they would rack up five blocks, four resulting in scores. The offense was not silenced for long either, as McKenna McCool got the Lasers on the board in the first set with a kill while adding an ace moments later.

The Chargers gave the Lasers a good fight early on, but back-to-back Madalyn Scully rejections would lead to a quick timeout from Colby-Sawyer head coach David Starin. Talking it over did not seem to affect much, however, as the momentum had been seized by the Lasers. Out of the timeout, Camila Lopez aced a serve too powerful for any Charger to handle, followed by a fourth block by Scully, adding an exclamation point on a 6-0 run. Maddie Caro would secure the set-winning point with an ace.

Victoria Pariseault goes up for a spike against Colby-Sawyer

Photo by Joe Giacco

During the second set, freshman Kyra Paris recorded two straight kills, and within minutes, the Chargers found themselves down 4-0. The Lasers kept their foot on the gas, working a balanced strategy of aggressive offensive play, complemented by shifty defense. Scully's fifth block of the match would be the dagger in the second set, ending soon after, thanks to a Saige Cambonga-Meyers kill.

After the game, Head Coach Jeff Vautrin noted that he was challenging his players with a faster style of play both offensively and defensively, which the team had started practicing about a week ago.

“We are running a unique lineup,” said Vautrin. “Pretty much the entire team now understands our system and our philosophy—what kind of culture we are trying to build.”

With the game firmly in the grasp of the Lasers, Caro delivered a one-handed dig up to McCool who soared into the air and sent a shockwave through the Lasers bench. With Vautrin's squad feeding off one another's energy more and more after every kill, the Lasers would finish the match on a 10-2 run.

With this win, the Lasers remain unbeaten at home, and look to extend their win streak to nine games which would tie the school’s record, as they host Western New England at 7 p.m. on Thursday.


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