Saint Michael's finishes two-match road weekend with setback to Bentley

WALTHAM, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team finished a two-match weekend road trip with a 3-1 (25-15, 25-27, 25-15, 25-18) loss to Bentley University during a Northeast-10 Conference meeting on Sunday in the Dana Center. The Purple Knights are 7-4 overall and 0-2 in the league, while the Falcons moved to 9-4 while remaining perfect in conference play at 3-0.

Sophomore Kelsey Flaherty (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) dropped 14 kills while notching six digs, and senior Chelsey Covitz (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) added nine kills. Classmate Lindsay Phenix (Tewksbury, Mass./Central Catholic) had six kills and four blocks, and sophomore Candace Washington (New Carrollton, Md./Parkdale) tacked on five kills and five blocks. Senior Jess McLeod (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) dished out 32 assists while adding 15 digs and five blocks, and first-year Natalie Moore (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) had 12 digs and three aces.

Juniors Savannah Dominguez (Miami, Fla./Palmer-Trinity) and Tatiana Froehlich (Newton, Mass./Newton North) each had 13 kills for Bentley, and classmate Alex Tator (Los Angeles, Calif./Marlborough School) notched 49 assists and 10 digs. Junior Lauren Colasanti (Northville, Mich./Northville) had 27 digs and four aces.

Bentley built a 7-1 advantage in the opening set prior to the Purple Knights trimming their deficit to two points on three occasions, including 15-13, and a Flaherty kill kept the visitors within 18-15 before the Falcons scored the final seven points. After falling behind by a 6-1 count in set No. 2, Saint Michael's rattled off a 16-4 run, eventually leading 21-17. Ties at 21, 22, 23 and 24 ensued before Bentley dropped an ace and served for the set, but the Purple and Gold scored the final three points, with an ace by Moore making it 26-25 before a Bentley attack error tied the match at one set apiece.

Another ace by Moore had Saint Michael's down just 13-10 in the third set before the hosts scored 12 of the final 17 points. Two early kills from Flaherty had the Purple Knights ahead by a 6-3 count in the fourth set, and the squads went through six ties, including Moore picking up an ace to knot the score at 18, before Bentley scored the last seven points.

Saint Michael's plays five of its next seven matches at home, beginning on Friday against Stonehill College at 4:30 p.m.