Women's volleyball nabs lead before falling to Saint Anselm, 3-1

Women's volleyball nabs lead before falling to Saint Anselm, 3-1

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team rallied for an opening-set victory before falling to Saint Anselm College, 3-1 (20-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-17), on Monday evening in the Ross Sports Center during a Northeast-10 Conference match. The Purple Knights slipped to 5-8 overall and 0-6 in the league, while the Hawks are now 8-9 and 2-5.

First-year Megan Priester (Dover, N.H./Dover) turned in a team-high 11 kills for the hosts, while junior Kelsey Flaherty (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) posted 10 kills and eight digs. Sophomore Megan Mulvaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) collected a career-high nine kills and a career-high-tying five blocks, and junior Candace Washington (New Carrollton, Md./Parkdale) totaled five kills and four blocks. Sophomore Catie Weller (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) dished out 31 assists with seven digs, classmate Natalie Moore (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) contributed a match-best 33 digs, and first-year Hanna Lesch (North Reading, Mass./North Reading) added four aces and three blocks. Sophomore Natalia Maccarrone (Hingham, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) had seven digs and two aces.

First-year Kathryn Teets (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills West) led Saint Anselm with 16 kills and three blocks, sophomore Brennah Gladwill (Citrus Heights, Calif./Oakmont) had 11 kills and 10 digs, and first-year Amanda Williams (North Andover, Mass./Central Catholic) totaled 11 kills and six blocks. Senior Natalie Steinwart (Aurora, Ill./Aurora Central Catholic) contributed 42 assists, 10 digs and three of her team's 11 aces, while classmate Melissa Jewett (Newton, Mass./Newton North) notched 28 digs.

Saint Michael's founded itself trailing 16-9 during the opening set before scoring 16 of the final 20 points, using two kills by Mulvaney during a 4-0 spurt to nab a 21-19 edge before scoring the final four points. Lesch dropped a pair of aces en route to giving the hosts a 3-0 lead in set No. 2, and neither team had led by more than three points by the time Priester dropped two kills in a 3-0 stretch that knotted the score at 17. However, sophomore Catherine Morgan (Farmington Hills, Mich./Mercy) collected three aces during an ensuing 7-0 run for Saint Anselm, helping the visitors tie the match.

The Hawks used a 7-1 run to pull out to an 11-4 lead in the third set and never again lead by fewer than six points. Three kills by junior Lauren Oxley (Bristow, Va./Stonewall Jackson) sparked a 5-0 run that snapped a 7-7 tie in the fourth set to give Saint Anselm the lead for good, as the hosts never chipped their deficit to fewer than four points.

The Purple Knights head to Pace University on Friday at 7 p.m. to begin a two-match weekend road swing to New York.