The road hasn’t been too kind to the Upper Cape volleyball team this season.
With only three wins in seven road meetings in 2019, the struggles continued for the Rams when they traveled to Hanover to meet South Shore Voc-Tech on Tuesday, October 8.
UCT was welcomed with a quick three-set sweep at the hands of the Vikings, losing 25-17, 25-20 and 25-10 for its second-straight loss away from home.
Head coach Karen Lafreniere said Zoe Janicki led the offense with seven hits, one kill and two tips and three blocks at the net, while racking up eight points from the service line against SSVT.
At one point in the second set, Nicaeyla Pires had a stretch of nine-straight service points to finish the match with 11 total and six aces.
“The Lady Rams just couldn’t make the wins tonight,” Lafreniere said.
When these two teams last met in Bourne on September 19, UCT scored a 3-1 home win.
St. John Paul II 3, UCT 0
The Rams never felt comfortable inside the Lions’ den as SJPII picked up a nonleague sweep at St. Francis Xavier in Hyannis on Monday, October 7.
They fell in straight sets, failing to record more than 16 points in any set, as SJPII won 25-15, 25-13 and 25-16. Faith Kalkanis served up five points, two aces in the loss, while Taylor Richards added four points from the service line.
Lafreniere said she was pleased with the defensive play of Shelby Silva and Nichole Eugenio in the first and third sets.
UCT 3, Atlantis Charter 1
The Rams avenged a five-set road loss to the Tritons by winning a four-set thriller at home last Friday, October 4.
UCT nearly swept the Fall River charter school, but Atlantis took the third set in decisive fashion 25-14. The Rams took the first two sets, 25-21 and 25-20, before taking the final set, 25-17.
Richards finished the match with 18 points while Zoe Jackson-Laro and Kalkanis each recorded eight points. Sarah Vieira played the role of distributor to near perfection as she ended the match with more than 50 assists. Lafreniere said Jackson-Laro, Eugenio, Bethany Davis and Pires all were great on the defensive end.
UCT (6-9, 4-4 MAC-Small) is off until the team travels to Old Colony in a MAC-Small showdown in Rochester on Wednesday, October 16, at 5 PM. The Cougars scored a 3-1 win against the Rams on September 26.