Women's volleyball closes 2013 campaign at AIC in NE-10 action

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team completed its first season under head coach Kelly Garthwait '10 with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-17) loss to American International College on Saturday in Butova Gymnasium. The Purple Knights finished the season 12-12 overall and 4-10 in the Northeast-10 Conference, posting a record of .500 or better for the first time since 1994 while matching their highest league victories figure since that fall. AIC is 14-15 and 8-6.

Senior Jess McLeod (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) appeared in her program-record 110th career match while posting 22 assists to extend her school standard to 3,551, concluding her career 20th in NE-10 history. She also finished seventh at Saint Michael's in blocking assists (100) and 10th in digs (849). Classmate Chelsey Covitz (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) had nine kills to pass Jess Allan '95 for second in school history, and will graduate with 936. While also adding three blocking assists, Covitz ended up first in blocking assists (167), second in total blocks (254), tied for second in matches (109), third in solo blocks (87) and fourth in hitting percentage (.279).

Sophomore Kelsey Flaherty (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) had eight kills and eight digs, and senior Lindsay Phenix (Tewksbury, Mass./Central Catholic) added three kills and a block, completing her career sixth in school annals in blocking assists (106) and seventh in total blocks (155). First-year Natalie Moore (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) had 14 digs to finish the season with 416, the fifth-highest total in Saint Michael's history.

AIC received 13 kills and four blocks from sophomore Britt Bryant (New Windsor, N.Y./Cornwall Central), and senior Blair Havron (Pukalani, Hawaii/King Kekaulike) notched 10 kills. First-year Hannah Smith (Reno, Nev./Bishop Manogue) dished out 36 assists, and sophomore Franny Sanchez (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining) posted 16 digs.

Covitz dropped a kill to knot the opening set at six before the Yellow Jackets scored the next seven points, never again leading by fewer than four points. During a close second set, the teams played through 11 ties by 14-14, as neither squad led by more than two points until AIC scored the next eight points to snap the knot. Flaherty posted an ace during a 4-0 run, but the Purple Knights never came closer than four points down the stretch. Flaherty had a pair of kills in helping Saint Michael's grab a 5-1 edge in set No. 3 before the hosts scored the next four points, but another Flaherty kill gave her squad its final lead at 6-5. AIC countered with a 9-2 run and led by at least five for the remainder of the match.