Purple Knights open three-match week with NE-10 setback at Franklin Pierce

RINDGE, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team opened a three-match week with a 3-0 (25-10, 25-20, 25-20) setback to Franklin Pierce University on Tuesday evening in the Franklin Pierce Fieldhouse. The Purple Knights are now 10-9 overall and 2-6 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Ravens improved to 13-12 and 6-2.

Senior Katie Walsh (North Kingstown, R.I./The Prout School) led the Purple Knights with seven kills and nine digs, junior Chelsey Covitz (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) had six kills and two blocks, and classmate Maddie Gaughan (Stoneham, Mass./Stoneham) notched five kills. Junior Jess McLeod (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) handed out 22 assists while totaling 11 digs, senior Courtney Dunne (Hopkinton, Mass./Bancroft School) had 13 digs, and first-year Kelsey Flaherty (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) added nine.

Junior Natasha Ray (Colorado Springs, Colo./Yavapai College) led the Ravens with 14 kills, 10 digs and six aces, while classmate Lauren Miller (Alexandria, Ind./Alexandria-Monroe) had 16 digs and four aces. Junior Stephanie Svorinic (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale CC) tallied 27 assists and eight digs.

Junior Lindsay Phenix (Tewksbury, Mass./Central Catholic) had two of the Purple Knights' first three points en route to the visitors trailing just 6-3 early in the opening set before the Ravens pulled away thanks to a 13-3 run. In the second set, Saint Michael's led by as many as two points, on a Walsh kill that made it 6-4, but Franklin Pierce later broke away from an 8-8 tie with a 7-0 run. The Purple Knights crept to within 23-20 before the hosts scored the final two points. The final set saw the Ravens turn a 3-2 deficit into a 10-4 lead, eventually forging ahead by as many as eight points. Down 22-14, Saint Michael's scored six of the next eight points to draw within 24-20 before the Ravens notched the final point.

The Purple Knights head to the league-leading University of New Haven on Friday for a 4:30 p.m. match. The Chargers have not lost an NE-10 match since joining the league in 2008.