Saint Michael's Falls in Women's Volleyball to Visiting Stonehill

Saint Michael's Falls in Women's Volleyball to Visiting Stonehill

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team lost a 3-0 (25-22, 25-9, 25-16) decision to Stonehill College on Saturday in Ross Sports Center during Northeast-10 Conference play. The Purple Knights are 1-8 overall and 1-3 in the league, while the Skyhawks improved to 5-10 and 2-3.

Seniors McKenzie McNamara (Pembroke, Mass./Pembroke) and Megan Priester (Dover, N.H./Dover), junior Gabby Ratte (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury Hall/Colby-Sawyer) and sophomore Jordan Dean (Gilford, N.H./Gilford) all had four kills for the hosts, with Ratte adding eight assists and seven digs. Sophomore Tanner Barton (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls) dropped five aces with seven digs, junior Sarah Rodgers (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) collected seven helpers and nine digs, while senior Julia Colasanti (Northville, Mich./Northville) contributed 10 digs.

Senior Katherine DeLanty hit .400 with 12 kills for Stonehill, and junior Allyson Hughes notched 11 kills. First-year Jessica Givens handed out 36 assists, and senior Claire Manuszak totaled 11 digs.

The opening set featured 13 ties and six lead changes. Givens posted consecutive aces to make it 4-1 in favor of the visitors for the largest lead by either team until senior Marykay Nasby's ace capped a 3-0 spurt that pushed the Skyhawks in front at 12-9. A kill by McNamara and Barton's first ace highlighted a 5-0 response before DeLanty had two kills and a block in a 6-0 stretch that gave her squad a 24-19 edge. Barton and Priester posted kills as the Purple Knights rattled off three straight points to draw within two, but DeLanty's kill accounted for the 25th point.

McNamara had a kill and a block while Barton tacked on a kill by the time Saint Michael's trailed only 6-4 in the second set before Stonehill pulled away behind a 17-3 run. The visitors scored the first four points of the third set, but Priester's kill trimmed the hole to 8-5. The Skyhawks used a 9-1 stretch to forge ahead by 11, but Barton collected three aces during one four-point juncture to spark a 5-0 run that made it 18-12. However, Saint Michael's drew no closer than six points down the stretch.

The Purple Knights hit the road for four of their next five matches, beginning on Tuesday at Saint Anselm College at 7 p.m.