Women's Volleyball Falls at New Haven, Region's Top-Ranked Squad

Women's Volleyball Falls at New Haven, Region's Top-Ranked Squad

WEST HAVEN, Conn. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team opened a regular-season-ending two-match weekend trip by falling to regionally-ranked University of New Haven, 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-9), on Friday afternoon in Charger Gymnasium during Northeast-10 Conference action. The Chargers are first in the latest NCAA East Region poll.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (0-18, 0-13 NE10), New Haven (24-4, 12-1 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Junior Tanner Barton (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls), 6 kills, 7 digs, 1 ace, 1 block
  • Junior Allie Statile (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury), 4 kills, 1 block
  • Sophomore Katy Konow (Lebanon, Conn./Lyman Memorial), 12 assists, 10 digs, 3 kills
  • Senior Gabby Ratte (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury Hall/Colby-Sawyer), 12 digs, 1 block
  • First-year Jaeden Cruz (Makakilo, Hawaii/Saint Francis School), 7 digs
  • Junior Anna Lonczak (Pine Plains, N.Y./Stissing Mountain), 6 digs

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Sophomore Kali Greathead, 12 kills
  • Sophomore Camille Garden, 9 kills, 7 blocks
  • Junior Mallory Nowicki, 8 kills, .727 hitting percentage
  • Senior Kristine Rios, 29 assists, 8 digs, 4 kills, 4 aces
  • Sophomore Angela Chan, 10 digs, 3 aces

MATCH FACTS

  • Saint Michael's faced its second of three 2017 NCAA Tournament qualifiers in a row.
  • New Haven is first in the NCAA East Region rankings; won the last two NE10 Championships, and six of 10 since 2008; and qualified for the last 12 NCAA Tournaments, and 32 of the past 35.

THE ACTION

  • Ratte and Barton dropped back-to-back kills to open the match before Nowicki had two kills in a 4-0 New Haven run. Barton's kill kept the visitors within 4-3, but Garden later notched two kills and a block during a 5-0 stretch that made it 10-4. Saint Michael's was down just 16-11 with Barton at the service line, but Garden turned in two kills and a block in a clinching 9-2 stretch.
  • First-year Grace Fornabia's (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Central Catholic) kill kept the Purple Knights within 3-2 early in the second set, but the next seven points went to the Chargers. Saint Michael's chipped its deficit to 11-6, rattling off consecutive points thanks to Statile's kill and ensuing tandem block with Ratte. Rios responded with three aces and a kill in a 6-0 run, and the Chargers never again led by fewer than 10 points.
  • Garden registered blocks on the first two points of set No. 3 en route to New Haven taking a 4-0 lead. Konow converted a kill off of Barton's touch for the next point before the hosts pulled away with 16 of the next 19 points. Konow and Barton later netted back-to-back kills before the Chargers closed out the win.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S MATCH

  • Saturday at Southern Connecticut State University, 1 p.m.
  • The Owls qualified for the 2017 NCAA Tournament.