SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team wrapped up a two-match weekend road swing to New York by falling to defending Northeast-10 Conference regular-season champion Le Moyne College, 3-0 (25-12, 25-13, 25-12), on Saturday on Ted Grant Court. The Purple Knights are 1-13 overall and 1-8 in the NE10, while the Dolphins, who also qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2016, are 10-10 and 3-5.
Senior Megan Priester (Dover, N.H./Dover) recorded five kills and three digs for the Purple and Gold, and classmate McKenzie McNamara (Pembroke, Mass./Pembroke) had four kills and two blocks. Junior Gabby Ratte (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury Hall/Colby-Sawyer) notched three kills, 11 assists, five digs and two blocks, while senior Julia Colasanti (Northville, Mich./Northville) collected eight digs to become the 16th Purple Knight with 700 for a career (707). During the contest, McNamara passed Annalyn Gilchrist '98 (75) to take over 11th in program history in career blocking assists (76) while eclipsing Beth Dore '90 (105) for 18th in total blocks (106).
Juniors Anna Hafoka and Jessica Miller both registered nine kills for the hosts, while sophomore Jacquelyne Ghindia dropped seven kills on .700 hitting. First-year Emily Yancone handed out 18 assists, senior Kendall Corcoran 17, and junior Marguerite Dillon had 11 digs as one of three Dolphins in double figures.
Following a Le Moyne service error to open the match, the hosts rattled off eight straight points, with Hafoka notching three kills and Ghindia two during that run. After falling behind by as many as 11 points, the Purple Knights chipped within 18-11 when Ratte had a kill, an assist and a block during a 4-0 run, but the Dolphins scored seven of the final eight points.
Le Moyne opened the second set on a 13-2 run before the visitors used a 6-3 surge to draw within 19-11, but a 5-0 run by the Dolphins nearly finished off the set. Saint Michael's trailed just 5-3 in set No. 3 before allowing eight straight points during what ultimately became a 13-2 run. The visitors never came closer than 11 down the stretch.
The Purple Knights host Pace University next Friday at 5 p.m.