Volleyball finishes weekend with back-to-back wins

Josh Johnston

After losing to Colgate the night before, Kent State’s volleyball team rebounded to beat Boston College and West Virginia yesterday at the Colgate Classic.

The Flashes (2-1, 0-0 MAC) struggled with Boston College early, dropping the first game 22-25. After that game however, the Flashes cruised through the rest of the day, taking the next three games from Boston College (25-20, 25-14, 25-19) and then topping West Virginia in three games (25-21, 27-25, 25-18).

Kent State coach Glen Conley said he and his coaching staff modified the lineup from Friday to take advantage of the team’s speed. Conley also credited the team’s depth for the wins.

“Without our bench, we wouldn’t have been able to pull (the victories) out,” he said. “That’s why you carry 14 people on the roster. We feel like that’s one of our strengths is the team’s depth.”

Part of the depth came from freshmen Maigan Larsen and Lauren Simon, both of whom playing in their first collegiate games. Simon recorded 32 assists and eight kills against Boston College, while Larsen made nine kills against West Virginia. Senior Ashely Feutz praised both women for their performances.

“I think they did a wonderful job,” she said. “They came in and made an immediate impact.”

Next weekend the Flashes travel to Orono, Maine for the University of Maine tournament.