Women's volleyball falls at two-time defending NE-10 champion Adelphi

Women's volleyball falls at two-time defending NE-10 champion Adelphi

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team fell at two-time defending Northeast-10 Conference Championship titlist Adelphi University, 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-16), on Friday evening in the Center for Recreation and Sport. The Purple Knights are 3-13 overall and 1-10 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Panthers, who qualified for the last nine NCAA Tournaments, are 16-10 and 7-4.

First-year Jordan Dean (Gilford, N.H./Gilford) totaled five kills and three digs for the visitors, who are amid a three-match road swing during their final trip away from home this season. Sophomore Gabby Ratte (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury Hall/Colby-Sawyer) had four kills, and first-year Allie Statile (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) added three. Sophomore Sarah Rodgers (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) turned in six assists and six digs, and senior Catie Weller (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) accumulated five helpers and six digs.

Senior Natalie Moore (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) had a match-high-tying 14 digs to go along with three assists, classmate Natalia Maccarrone (Hingham, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) collected six digs, and junior Julia Colasanti (Northville, Mich./Northville) posted four.

Graduate student Melissa Rigo swung .455 with 15 kills and no errors for Adelphi, and senior Mandy Stanislovaitis had 12 kills and 14 digs. Junior Megan Manierski handed out 24 assists in two sets, and sophomore Rebecca Seeba totaled 10 digs.

Senior Megan Mulvaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) and junior McKenzie McNamara (Pembroke, Mass./Pembroke) combined for a block before Dean dropped a kill off McNamara's pass to give Saint Michael's a 2-0 lead in the opening set, but the Panthers countered with an 8-2 run. Ratte had a pair of kills in an 8-2 stretch that put the visitors back up 12-10, but a 9-1 run by Adelphi extended to a set-clinching 15-4 period.

After Statile's kill made it 3-2 in favor of Saint Michael's during set No. 2, the next 10 points came from the Panthers, and the visitors never again trailed by fewer than seven points. In the third set, Adelphi scored the first four points, ultimately leading 6-1 on Seeba's kill. The Purple Knights twice trimmed their deficit to two points on service errors, at 7-5 and 8-6, before the Panthers scored 16 of 24 points to lead by 12. Four Panther errors in a row made it 24-16, but first-year Katie Barry dropped a clinching kill.

The Purple Knights finish off their road slate at Pace University tomorrow at 3 p.m.