MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team fell to Southern New Hampshire University, 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-14), in Northeast-10 Conference play Saturday afternoon in the SNHU Fieldhouse. The Purple Knights are 1-7 overall and 1-2 in the NE10, while the Penmen picked up their first conference win and are now 4-8 and 1-3.
For the Purple Knights, senior McKenzie McNamara (Pembroke, Mass./Pembroke) had a team high of seven kills along with six digs while classmate Julia Colasanti (Northville, Mich./Northville) led the team with 20 digs, her season high. Junior Sarah Rodgers (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) added eight digs to her 14 assists. Sophomore Jordan Dean (Gilford, N.H./Gilford) contributed 10 digs.
Junior Jessica Dillon nearly had a triple-double with 13 kills, 15 assists, and eight digs for the Penmen. Sophomore Joanne Coffey posted 19 assists and three service aces as senior Marisa Coronis led the team with 16 kills, adding eight digs. Senior Kathleen Schurman had 22 digs.
Seven kills from the Penmen allowed the hosts to take an early 9-3 lead in the first set, as the Penmen eventually led 21-10. A kill a piece from sophomore Tanner Barton (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls) and first-year Jillian Harvie (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) and a service ace from first-year Katy Konow (Lebanon, Conn./Lyman Memorial) helped the Purple Knights spark a 4-1 run that made it 22-14. Southern New Hampshire scored three of the last four points.
Two kills from McNamara helped the visitors tie the score early at 2-2 in the second set before the Penmen forged ahead 14-7. The Purple Knights then went on to score the next three points with sophomore Allie Statile (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) adding a kill and McNamara an ace during that time. Purple and Gold stayed within striking distance up to the 20-16 mark on Dean's kill before the Penmen finished the set with a 5-1 run with Dillon striking two kills.
McNamara had two of her team's four kills as the Purple Knights started the third set up 4-3 before the Penmen went on an 8-1 run. The visitors went on to tally four straight points to trail 11-9 as senior Megan Priester (Dover, N.H./Dover) notched a kill during that time. After the teams swapped two points apiece, the Penmen scored nine consecutive points to lead 22-11. Dillon recorded a kill on each of her team's final three points to close the match.
The Purple Knights will have the week to prepare for their home contest against Stonehill College on Saturday at 1 p.m.