MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team lost to Saint Anselm College, 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-13), on Tuesday evening at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium. The Purple Knights are 1-9 overall and 1-4 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Hawks improved to 13-6 and 6-1.
Senior McKenzie McNamara (Pembroke, Mass./Pembroke) led the visitors with six kills and three blocks, while junior Gabby Ratte (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury Hall/Colby-Sawyer) posted five kills, 10 digs and six assists. Classmate Sarah Rodgers (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) handed out 12 helpers with eight digs, senior Julia Colasanti (Northville, Mich./Northville) contributed 11 digs, and sophomore Tanner Barton (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls) had six digs and two service aces.
Senior Katy Teets swung at a .474 clip with 10 kills, 15 digs, two aces and two blocks for Saint Anselm, while junior Jewel Hays turned in 30 assists, 14 digs and three aces. Senior Danielle Isbell added 14 digs.
Thanks greatly to the service of Barton, the Purple Knights scored five straight points to lead 5-1 in the opening set before Saint Anselm responded with the next nine points en route to building a 16-7 advantage. McNamara and senior Megan Priester (Dover, N.H./Dover) both posted a kill and a block during a 4-0 run that brought the visitors within six, and the Purple and Gold trimmed the deficit to five points three times, including at 22-17 on a sophomore Jordan Dean's (Gilford, N.H./Gilford) kill, before the Hawks scored the final three points.
Saint Michael's led from the opening point of the second set, thanks to a McNamara kill, and extended the advantage to 8-5 on junior Abby Blanchet's (Milford, N.H./Milford) ace, but Saint Anselm countered with a 9-1 jaunt. McNamara's kill made it 14-10, but the visitors never again trailed by fewer than five points.
Saint Anselm scored the first six points of set No. 3 prior to the visitors countering with a 7-6 stretch during which Barton had a kill and an ace to produce a 12-7 score. However, the next eight points came from the Hawks, who never again led by less than double digits. Saint Michael's closed the match with six of the final 11 points, as McNamara had a kill and a block in that time.
The Purple Knights head to Merrimack College on Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest.