Women's Volleyball Blanks Salem for First Win, Splits Pair at Kutztown Classic

Women's Volleyball Blanks Salem for First Win, Splits Pair at Kutztown Classic

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team split a pair of matches during the opening day of the Kutztown (Pa.) University Classic on Friday at Keystone Arena. The Purple Knights lost to the hosts, 3-0 (25-6, 25-14, 25-6), before downing Salem (W.Va.) University, 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-18), for their first win of the season. The Kutztown Classic concludes tomorrow.

MATCH 1
RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (0-4), Kutztown (4-1)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • First-year London Starley (Sandy, Ore./Sandy), 12 assists, 9 digs
  • Senior Tanner Barton (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls), 7 digs
  • Senior Allie Statile (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury), 3 kills, .400 hitting, 1 block
  • First-year Sarah Scott (Granby, Mass./MacDuffie School), 2 kills, 1 ace, 6 digs
  • Junior Molly Clarke (Barkhamsted, Conn./Northwestern Regional), 3 kills, 1 block
  • Sophomore Grace Fornabia (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Central Catholic), 3 kills

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Junior Holly Owen, 16 kills, .571 hitting
  • Junior Alli Henderson, 5 kills, .500 hitting, 3 aces, 7 digs
  • Junior Abbey James, 17 assists
  • Junior Sydney Wilson, 9 digs

MATCH FACTS

  • The teams' first meeting.
  • Saint Michael's was only outgained 35-32 in digs.

THE ACTION

  • Fornabia's kill early in the opening set had the Purple Knights down 2-1 before the Golden Bears countered with 19 of the next 21 points.
  • Kutztown forged an 8-4 lead in the second set on sophomore Tori Pascucci's ace, but Saint Michael's edged to within two points four times, including on kills by Fornabia (9-7) and Statile (10-8). Down 13-11, the visitors yielded 12 of the final 15 points.
  • Thanks to a kill and an ace from Scott and a tandem block by Clarke and Statile, the Purple and Gold led 3-1 to begin set No. 3, ultimately moving in front once again at 4-3 on Statile's kill. Kutztown scored the ensuing 15 points.

MATCH 2
RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (1-4), Salem (0-7)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Statile, 14 kills, .650 hitting, 2 blocks
  • Starley, 30 assists, 4 aces, 14 digs
  • Scott, 9 kills, .375 hitting, 2 aces, 12 digs
  • Junior Jillian Harvie (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough), 7 kills, 2 blocks
  • Fornabia, 5 kills, 2 blocks
  • First-year Brigid Heinrich (Syracuse, N.Y./Westhill), 5 kills
  • Barton, 10 digs
  • Junior Katy Konow (Lebanon, Conn./Lyman Memorial), 3 aces, 7 digs
  • Senior Anna Lonczak (Pine Plains, N.Y./Stissing Mountain), 2 aces

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Sophomore Jalavia Johnson, 14 kills, .438 hitting, 2 aces, 7 digs, 3 blocks
  • Junior Alaina Weltz, 23 assists, 6 digs, 2 blocks
  • First-year Elise Valdez, 10 digs

MATCH FACTS

  • The teams' first meeting.
  • The Purple Knights' 15 aces were their most since dropping 16 on Sept. 17, 2011, against Paul Smith's (N.Y.) College, and their highest count against a Division II counterpart since registering 16 against Felician (N.J.) University on Sept. 19, 2010.
  • Saint Michael's put together a season-high .262 hitting percentage, its best since twice eclipsing that on Sept. 10, 2016.

THE ACTION

  • The Purple and Gold attacked at a .378 clip in the opening set, playing through five ties and three lead changes to nab the lead. Down 8-7, Saint Michael's received kills on the next four points - including two from Scott - to forge ahead 11-8 at the start of a 7-1 run. Statile had three kills in that time. The Purple Knights led by as many as six points before the Tigers halved the deficit by 21-18 on Johnson and Weltz's dual block, but Scott kicked off a set-clinching 4-1 run with a kill and an ace before the last two Saint Michael's points came courtesy of Statile kills.
  • Neither team led by more than two points in set No. 2 until Statile had a pair of kills in a 4-0 run that made it 10-7. The Purple Knights slowly built their advantage to as much as 23-14 when Scott dropped in an ace. The next four points came from Salem, but Statile's ace later clinched the victory.
  • The third set featured five more ties and three lead changes, while three Johnson kills during a 4-0 run gave Salem a 7-3 lead. Saint Michael's utilized two Konow aces and one from sophomore Jaedan Cruz (Makakilo, Hawaii/Saint Francis School) to counter with a 7-1 run. The Purple Knights' slim 12-10 lead later grew thanks to an 8-0 run during which Starley had three aces and a kill while dishing off to Statile for three kills of her own. Johnson's ace later brought the Tigers within 24-18, but Fornabia's solo block at match point capped the triumph for the Purple and Gold.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S MATCH

  • Saturday vs. Notre Dame (Ohio) College at 12 p.m. and Goldey-Beacom (Del.) College at 2 p.m. during the Kutztown Classic.