Women's volleyball falls at Le Moyne in NE-10 action

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-12, 25-23, 25-18) decision at Le Moyne College on Friday during Northeast-10 Conference play on Ted Grant Court. The Purple Knights slipped to 11-8 overall and 3-6 in the league, while the Dolphins are 8-11 and 2-5.

Senior Chelsey Covitz (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) notched seven kills on 16 attacks for the visitors to go along with two blocks. With 894 career kills, she is 10 shy of matching Lindsey Shumway '05 for third in program history. Sophomore Kelsey Flaherty (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) posted five kills, six digs and two aces, senior Brianna Saunders (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) had five kills, and classmate Jess McLeod (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) collected 24 assists. Senior Lindsay Phenix (Tewksbury, Mass./Central Catholic) dropped four kills on seven attempts in addition to notching two blocks, junior Hillary Miller (Plattsburgh, N.Y./Plattsburgh/Colby-Sawyer) posted four aces, and sophomore Candace Washington (New Carrollton, Md./Parkdale) notched four kills. First-year Natalia Maccarrone (Hingham, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) contributed a team-high nine digs, and senior Cynthia Edgerton (Vail, Colo./Vail Mountain School) collected six.

First-year Natalie Casson (Kingman, Ariz./Kingman) paced the hosts with 14 kills, and junior Kristen Willets (Apalachin, N.Y./Vestal) had nine. Classmate Megan Maisonet (Pine Bush, N.Y./Pine Bush) totaled 34 assists, and two players had a match-high 10 digs.

The Purple Knights grabbed a 3-1 edge in the opening set before ultimately trailing just 8-7 on a Flaherty kill, but Le Moyne scored the next six points to begin a clinching 17-5 run. Saint Michael's began the second set with seven of the first eight points and still led 11-4 when Edgerton notched an ace. The Dolphins countered with a tying 10-3 run and, after Saint Michael's had forged back ahead 16-14, Le Moyne went up 19-18. Miller put together three straight aces at the end of a 4-0 run that gave the Purple Knights a late 22-19 advantage before the hosts scored the next five points, and six of the final seven. Saint Michael's trimmed a four-point deficit in set No. 3 to 17-16 on a McLeod/Washington tandem block and still trailed just 19-17 thanks to Saunders notching a kill before Le Moyne scored the next three points, and six of the last seven.

The Purple and Gold heads to The College of Saint Rose tomorrow for a 1 p.m. match.