COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team fell by the narrowest of margins possible in a 3-0 defeat on Friday evening, dropping all three sets by 26-24 finals to Le Moyne College during Northeast-10 Conference play in the Ross Sports Center. Now 10-13 overall and 2-10 in the league, the Purple Knights slipped against a Dolphins squad that snapped a seven-match losing streak in improving to 13-11 and 4-8.
Junior Chelsey Covitz (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) posted 16 kills and three blocks for the hosts, while senior Katie Walsh (North Kingstown, R.I./The Prout School) had 13 kills and 11 digs. Classmate Courtney Dunne (Hopkinton, Mass./Bancroft School) turned in 26 digs, junior Jess McLeod (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) had 38 assists, and senior Tracy Peterka (Newport Beach, Calif./Mater Dei) collected 16 digs.
Junior Madison Snow (Huntington Beach, Calif./Marina) paced Le Moyne with 16 kills and 13 digs, while sophomore Megan Maisonet (Pine Bush, N.Y./Pine Bush) dished out 38 assists and tallied four blocks. Senior Allison Hebel (Greenlawn, N.Y./Harborfields) notched seven kills, 16 digs and four blocks, and first-year Marissa Piccinini (Reno, Nev./Galena) collected 16 digs. Senior Morgan McDermott (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) also had seven kills while playing a hand in eight of her team's 14 blocks.
Saint Michael's rallied from an early 9-5 hole in the opening set to lead 19-16 after back-to-back Covitz kills, but four straight points put Le Moyne in the lead. The Purple Knights responded with a 5-2 run to make it 24-22 in their favor, with Covitz providing three more kills, but the Dolphins scored the final four points.
A 4-0 run by the visitors gave them a 9-7 edge in the second set before the hosts began pulling away, eventually grabbing a 22-17 advantage. Covitz's kill still had Saint Michael's in front by a 23-19 count before Le Moyne scored five straight points to forge ahead by one, but Covitz's solo block knotted the set. However, the Dolphins completed the set-ending 7-1 run by tallying the final two points.
The Purple Knights trailed early again in the third set, 6-3, before eventually holding leads of 15-10 and 18-14. A 5-1 run by the visitors tied the score at 19, but Saint Michael's twice reestablished two-point cushions, for the final time on a McLeod kill that created a 22-20 margin. After yielding three straight points to fall behind 23-22, the Purple and Gold received consecutive kills from Walsh to go back in front, but the Dolphins completed the comeback and a match-ending 6-2 run with the final three points.
Saint Michael's takes on The College of Saint Rose for its final home match of the season tomorrow, as it will honor three student-athletes on Senior Day prior to a 1 p.m. contest.