Women's Volleyball Opens NE10 Play with Defeat Against Franklin Pierce

Women's Volleyball Opens NE10 Play with Defeat Against Franklin Pierce

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team opened Northeast-10 Conference play on Tuesday night with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-10) loss to Franklin Pierce University in the Ross Sports Center. The Purple Knights returned to action for the first time in 10 days.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (1-7, 0-1 NE10), Franklin Pierce (7-4, 1-0 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • First-year Sarah Scott (Granby, Mass./MacDuffie School), 9 kills, 1 ace, 8 digs
  • Sophomore Grace Fornabia (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Central Catholic), 8 kills, .333 hitting, 3 blocks
  • First-year London Starley (Sandy, Ore./Sandy), 22 assists, 1 ace, 8 digs
  • Junior Jillian Harvie (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough), 5 kills, 7 digs
  • Senior Allie Statile (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury), 5 kills, 3 digs, 1 block
  • Senior Tanner Barton (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls), 18 digs

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • First-year Tessa Brandt, 11 kills
  • First-year Ingrid Lindstrom, 10 kills, .625 hitting
  • Senior Abigail Garnhart, 9 kills, 2 blocks
  • Junior Mary Pease, 24 assists
  • Junior Ellie Ivanova, 4 aces, 20 digs

MATCH FACTS

  • The Purple Knights' Northeast-10 Conference opener.
  • Saint Michael's played its first match in 10 days.
  • With 56 digs, the Purple Knights set a season high with their most in a three-set match since Nov. 3, 2017, at American International College (65).
  • Franklin Pierce was limited to .116 hitting in the first set, the lowest allowed by the Purple Knights in a set this year.

THE ACTION

  • The opening set featured seven ties and five lead changes, as the teams traded early runs. Two Scott kills and a Starley ace highlighted the Purple Knights' 3-0 start before two Ivanova aces triggered a 4-0 counter. Fornabia turned in a kill and a solo block during a 4-0 response that gave the hosts a 7-4 edge, but the next four points went to the Ravens. Statile had a kill and a block during a 3-0 stretch that put the Purple Knights in front at 12-10, but the service of first-year Britney Loyd sparked a 14-2 run, as she dropped two aces.
  • Neither team led set No. 2 by more than two points until two Brandt aces in a three-point stretch helped Franklin Pierce break a 10-10 tie with a 10-2 run. The Purple Knights' 5-1 response cut the deficit to four before the Ravens closed out the set with four of the final five points.
  • Fornabia, Scott and Harvie all had kills early in the third set to force a 3-3 tie, but Franklin Pierce used a 15-2 stretch to pull away.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S MATCH

  • Saturday vs. Assumption College, 1 p.m.