Purple Knights fall at Southern New Hampshire, four-match winning streak snapped

MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team saw its four-match winning streak snapped on Tuesday with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-14) loss at Southern New Hampshire University at SNHU Fieldhouse. The Purple Knights slipped to 7-3, while the Penmen are 8-4. The Northeast-10 Conference counterparts will meet in league play on Oct. 30 in Colchester.

Senior Katie Walsh (North Kingstown, R.I./The Prout School) led Saint Michael's with 10 kills, six digs, three aces and three blocks, while junior Chelsey Covitz (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) chipped in with six kills. First-year Kelsey Flaherty (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) had a team-high eight digs, classmate Candace Washington (New Carrollton, Md./Parkdale) added four blocks, and junior Jess McLeod (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) contributed 21 assists.

First-year Emma Houlihan (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) paced the Penmen with 13 kills on 19 attacks, and senior Erica Solomon (Islip Terrace, N.Y./East Islip) had 10 kills, 11 digs and three aces. First-year Catherine Cotton (Murphy, Texas/Wylie) turned in 30 helpers, and classmate Maeghan Higgins (Hesperia, Calif./Hesperia) had five aces.

The teams stood tied at five in the opening set before the Penmen used a 6-1 run to push ahead 11-6, but two Walsh kills sparked a 4-0 run to make it a one-point affair. From there, Southern New Hampshire notched 10 of the next 13 points to grab a 21-13 lead and pull away. The hosts scored seven of the first eight points in the second set and never again led by fewer than four until an 8-1 Purple Knight run trimmed a 10-point deficit to 23-20 on junior Maddie Gaughan's (Stoneham, Mass./Stoneham) kill. However, Southern New Hampshire scored the final two points. In the third set, Saint Michael's trailed by a slim 10-8 count before yielding a match-clinching 15-6 run to the Penmen.

The Purple Knights begin NE-10 action with a pair of road matches this weekend, beginning on Friday at Assumption College at 7 p.m.