Women’s Volleyball Dominates First Set

The University of New England Women’s Volleyball Team visited the Endicott Gulls on October 13th at MacDonald gymnasium. The Gulls (12-7) came into this matchup winning back to back matches over Babson and Brandeis while UNE entered with a 7-10 record. The story of the match was the first set from the Gulls, winning 25-6. This dominant set led to energy that Endicott used to win the match 3-1.


Endicott came out and jumped all over UNE early on. The lady gulls' fast start resulted in a 16-2 lead, and from that point on held complete control throughout the match. “Man, that first set was ridiculous, I think that was the most dominant set I’ve watched”, said freshman Leonardo Alleva, a fan of the team. Endicott used their hot start to win the set 25-6.


The momentum of the first set carried over to the second and UNE was searching for answers. It seemed as if UNE was lacking energy out of the gate and Endicott took advantage of this weakness. Senior Amanda Gilbert was a standout in the match, really helping the Gulls to a victory. She had a game high ten kills, nine digs, and elevated her team all game. With the help of Gilbert’s star play Endicott took the second set 25-13.


Going into the third set it felt as if the Gulls had all the momentum and UNE was searching for answers. They found that answer and responded well to the adversity of being down 2-0. In a back and forth set, there were four ties and two lead changes. With Endicott trying to end it and UNE fighting to stay alive, UNE came out on top in this set 25-20. 


It felt asid there was a momentum shift in the gym after the third set response from UNE. UNE showed much more heart and energy in this fourth set but it just was not enough. Endicott was just the better team in that fourth set and clinched the win with a 25-19 set win. Colleen McAvoy and Riley Donahue also had big contributions, both having 8 kills each. “We played with confidence and everyone did their job well”, said freshman Megan Murphy, member of the team. “The first set was electric and it was a team effort after that to secure the win”. 


Endicott rode their energy from the first set to secure their 13th win of the season. A team effort with a few standouts was key to the victory. The Gulls improve to 7-0 at home this season, proving that the nest is no easy place to come into and win. UNE drops to 7-11 on the season with the loss. The final set scores were 25-6, 25-13, 20-25, 25-19.