Women's Volleyball Takes Merrimack to Five Sets Before Losing 3-2 Decision

Women's Volleyball Takes Merrimack to Five Sets Before Losing 3-2 Decision

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team took Merrimack College to five sets on Thursday evening in the Ross Sports Center before losing a 3-2 (25-23, 19-25, 22-25, 25-11, 15-7) decision during Northeast-10 Conference play.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (0-10, 0-5 NE10), Merrimack (5-13, 3-3 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Sophomore Katy Konow (Lebanon, Conn./Lyman Memorial), 9 kills (career high), 40 assists (career high), 12 digs, 2 aces, 1 block
  • Junior Tanner Barton (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls), 13 kills, 21 digs (career high), 1 ace
  • Senior Gabby Ratte (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury Hall/Colby-Sawyer), 13 kills, 10 digs, 6 assists, 3 blocks
  • First-year Abby Gallagher (Kingston, Mass./Silver Lake Regional), 9 kills (career high)
  • Junior Allie Statile (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury), 7 kills, 5 digs, 3 blocks, 1 ace
  • First-year Grace Fornabia (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Central Catholic), 6 kills, 2 blocks
  • First-year Jaeden Cruz (Makakilo, Hawaii/Saint Francis School), 13 digs (career high), 5 assists
  • Junior Anna Lonczak (Pine Plains, N.Y./Stissing Mountain), 9 digs (career high)

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Junior Catherine Flaherty, 14 kills, 17 digs
  • Senior Katelynn Marr, 11 kills, 11 digs
  • Junior Sydney Buran, 35 assists
  • Senior Amanda Cain, 19 digs

MATCH FACTS

  • Saint Michael's continued a six-match run during which five matches are at home.
  • Second consecutive home meeting with Merrimack that went to five sets.
  • Purple Knights turned in season highs in kills (59), assists (56) and digs (77).

THE ACTION

  • Saint Michael's led 16-12 on Ratte's kill in the opening set before Merrimack countered with an 8-1 run out of a timeout. The hosts later tied the score at 21 on a Warrior error before Cain's ace capped a 3-0 run. Gallagher dropped a kill and another Merrimack error made it 24-23, but first-year Kayla Zinser notched a kill at set point.
  • The Purple Knights hit .441 in the second set while rallying from a 6-4 deficit with four straight points - the last coming from Fornabia - to take the lead for good. A mid-set 6-2 run, which Konow triggered with two assists, a kill and an ace, made it 15-10, and the hosts never again led by fewer than three points.
  • The teams played through eight ties in the third set. Saint Michael's turned an 18-15 hole into a three-point lead behind a late 6-0 run then used kills from Statile and Barton for the final two points to hold off a Merrimack comeback bid.
  • The Warriors scored 13 of the first 17 points in the fourth set en route to leveling the match.
  • After Marr had two kills in an opening 4-0 run during the fifth and deciding set, Saint Michael's edged within two points three times, including at 8-6 on Fornabia and Konow's tandem block. However, Merrimack responded with a match-clinching 7-1 run.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S MATCH

  • Tuesday at Franklin Pierce University, 7 p.m.