Women's volleyball improves to 7-2 behind victory over in-state rival Norwich

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team opened its home slate on Monday by extending its winning streak to four matches with a 3-0 (25-10, 25-14, 25-18) victory against Norwich University in the Ross Sports Center. The Purple Knights improved to 7-2, while the Cadets are 6-4.

Senior Katie Walsh (North Kingstown, R.I./The Prout School) posted a match-best 12 kills for the hosts while adding eight digs, and junior Chelsey Covitz (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) had six kills. Classmate Brianna Saunders (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) and first-year Kelsey Flaherty (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) each recorded five kills in two sets, and first-year Candace Washington (New Carrollton, Md./Parkdale) added five kills. Junior Jess McLeod (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) dished off 32 assists, senior Courtney Dunne (Hopkinton, Mass./Bancroft School) totaled a match-high 17 digs, and junior Cynthia Edgerton (Vail, Colo./Vail Mountain School) dropped three aces.

Senior Haley Vermes (Westboro, Mass./Westboro) paced the Cadets with four kills, classmate Gabrielle Miller (Grove City, Ohio/New Mexico Military Institute) contributed 12 assists, and sophomore Kelsey Mancini (Lynnfield, Mass./Lynnfield) totaled three kills and seven digs.

The Purple Knights snapped a 2-2 tie in the opening set by scoring nine of the next 11 points, with Walsh accounting for three of those points on kills. With the hosts leading by a 16-8 advantage, a kill by Dunne sparked a set-ending 9-2 run. After a Norwich service error left Saint Michael's ahead by a 6-3 count in the second set, the Purple Knights pulled away thanks to a 13-3 stretch during which five different players contributed kills. The final set saw the Purple and Gold use a 4-0 run to break open a 16-10 set, leading 20-10 on Edgerton's kill, before fending off a Cadet rally.

Saint Michael's is back in action tomorrow evening at Southern New Hampshire University at 7 p.m. in a non-conference match. The squads meet later this season in Northeast-10 Conference play.