COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team dropped its Northeast-10 Conference opener to Southern New Hampshire University, 3-0 (25-16, 25-11, 25-16), at the Ross Sports Center on Saturday. The Purple Knights move to 4-3 overall and 0-1 in the league, while the Penmen now stand at 7-4 and 1-0.
First-year Megan Priester (Dover, N.H./Dover) led the Purple and Gold with eight kills, while junior Kelsey Flaherty (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) delivered seven kills, 16 digs and two blocks. Sophomore Catie Weller (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) finished with 25 assists and 12 digs. Classmate Natalie Moore (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) collected 21 digs, and sophomore Megan Mulvaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) added six kills and two blocks. Junior Candace Washington (New Carrollton, Md./Parkdale) had three blocks.
Junior Nina McGouldrick (Richardson, Texas/Richardson) paced Southern New Hampshire with 13 kills, 15 digs and five aces, while first-year Kathleen Schurman (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) added 11 kills and 12 digs. Sophomore Meg Salamun (Scottsdale, Ariz./Notre Dame Prep) posted 11 kills and four blocks. Junior Maeghan Higgins (Hesperia, Calif./Hesperia) led the Penmen with 18 digs, and classmate Catherine Cotton (Murphy, Texas/Wylie) provided 38 assists.
During the opening set, both teams were even at 7-7 until Southern New Hampshire scored four straight points off three kills and one attack error. Washington's kill later brought the Purple Knights within 12-10, but five consecutive Penmen points kicked off a set-ending 13-6 run. In the middle set, Southern New Hampshire jumped out to an 11-3 advantage. Saint Michael's pulled to within six points at 11-5 and 12-6 behind kills by Flaherty, but the Penmen later reeled off a 5-0 run to go ahead 19-7 and never again led by fewer than 11. Priester dropped a kill to edge the Purple Knights within 4-3 in the third set, and the visitors countered with eight straight points to go up 12-3. However, first-year Julia Colasanti (Northville, Mich./Northville) put down an ace to cap a 12-7 run and produce a 19-15 score before the Penmen tallied six of the final seven points.
The Purple Knights head to the State University of New York at Plattsburgh on Tuesday at 7 p.m.