COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team lost to Pace University, 3-1 (25-23, 25-14, 22-25, 25-11), on Friday in the Ross Sports Center during Northeast-10 Conference play. The Purple Knights are 1-14 overall and 1-9 in the league, while the Setters improved to 12-14 and 6-4.
Junior Gabby Ratte (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury Hall/Colby-Sawyer) put together a triple-double for Saint Michael's with 10 kills, 13 assists and 16 digs to go along with three aces, while sophomore Tanner Barton (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls) posted a career-high 11 kills on .381 hitting with 15 digs. Senior McKenzie McNamara (Pembroke, Mass./Pembroke) had seven kills and two aces, junior Sarah Rodgers (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) turned in 22 assists and 13 digs, while senior Julia Colasanti (Northville, Mich./Northville) collected 16 digs.
Junior Claudia Fontanet totaled 15 kills and 12 digs for the visitors, senior Sydney Lecker had 10 kills and 13 digs while swinging at a .385 clip, and sophomore Danielle Vaiano turned in 24 digs.
Three straight Ratte aces in the opening set keyed a 5-0 run that put her team up 8-4, and Ratte's kill made it 13-8, the Purple Knights' largest lead. Still down 21-17, Pace rattled off the next four points before Barton's kill produced a 22-21 edge, but the visitors scored four of the final five points around a McNamara kill that knotted the set at 23, as Lecker and Fontanet dropped consecutive kills to clinch the win.
Barton's kill brought Saint Michael's within 8-6 early in the second set, and an attack error had Pace up only 15-11 before the Setters used the service of Fontanet to trigger an 8-0 run and pull away. The hosts led 5-1 behind a kill and an ace from McNamara during the beginning portion of set No. 3, when the teams played through nine ties. Down 22-21 following a Lecker kill, Saint Michael's scored the final four points, with Ratte dropping a tying kill before notching another kill at set point.
The Purple Knights nabbed another 5-1 edge in the fourth set before the Setters countered with a tying 5-1 run, but sophomore Allie Statile's (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) kill put the hosts back in front. Three straight errors gave the visitors the 9-7 lead before another Statile kill trimmed the hole to one. Saint Michael's trailed 14-11 on a McNamara kill before the Setters scored the final 11 points to claim the match, with first-year Nicole Pivetti notching three aces while at the service line for much of that time.
Saint Michael's hosts Adelphi University tomorrow at 1 p.m. The Panthers qualified for the past 10 NCAA Tournaments and advanced to the past three NE10 Championship title matches, winning twice.