Women's Volleyball Downed by Regionally-Ranked Adelphi

Women's Volleyball Downed by Regionally-Ranked Adelphi

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Despite a fast start during the opening set, the Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team lost to regionally-ranked Adelphi University, 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-14), on Friday evening in the Ross Sports Center during Northeast-10 Conference play. The Panthers were eighth in the latest NCAA East Region poll.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (1-19, 0-12 NE10), Adelphi (13-10, 6-6 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Sophomore Abby Gallagher (Kingston, Mass./Silver Lake Regional), 7 kills, 3 digs, 1 block
  • First-year Sarah Scott (Granby, Mass./MacDuffie School), 6 kills, 14 digs, 3 aces
  • Sophomore Grace Fornabia (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Central Catholic), 5 kills
  • First-year London Starley (Sandy, Ore./Sandy), 11 assists, 8 digs
  • Junior Katy Konow (Lebanon, Conn./Lyman Memorial), 7 assists
  • Senior Tanner Barton (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls), 19 digs, 1 ace

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Sophomore Sara Mandreja, 11 kills, 6 digs, 3 aces
  • Junior Cara McKenzie, 9 kills, 7 blocks
  • First-year Katie Schloss, 6 kills
  • First-year Brenna Valsted, 27 assists
  • Senior Katarina Warburton, 17 digs

MATCH FACTS

  • Adelphi is eighth in the latest NCAA East Region rankings.
  • The Panthers qualified for 11 of the last 12 NCAA Tournaments.
  • The Purple Knights were narrowly edged in both digs (54-52) and aces (7-6), registering their fourth-best dig total of the year while matching their third-highest ace figure.

THE ACTION

  • Scott's ace gave Saint Michael's a 3-0 lead in the opening set, and a tying three-point counter by Adelphi was met by a 10-2 run from the hosts, keyed by two Gallagher kills and an ace by senior Anna Lonczak (Pine Plains, N.Y./Stissing Mountain), putting the Purple Knights up 13-5. Scott's kill extended the advantage to 18-8, and Gallagher's kill had the end within sight at 22-17. However, Mandreja's two kills bolstered an 8-0 run that ended the set, capping a larger 17-4 run.
  • Senior Allie Statile (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) had a kill and an ace while combining with Gallagher on a block as the teams split the opening six points of set No. 2, but McKenzie posted a pair of blocks in a 6-0 run that gave Adelphi a 9-3 lead. The Purple Knights trailed only 14-8 following a Panther service error, but Mandreja's kill finished off an 8-3 run that put the lead at 11, and the hosts never again trailed by fewer than nine points.
  • The teams played through two ties while neither led by more than three points during the early stages of the third set, until McKenzie had a kill and a block in a 5-0 run that snapped a 7-7 tie. Mandreja later dropped an ace during a 4-0 stretch that pushed the lead to 19-10, the beginning of a 9-3 run.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S MATCH

  • Saturday vs. Pace University, 1 p.m.
  • The Purple Knights host Senior Day and will recognize their three seniors after the match.