Covitz reaches two milestones as women's volleyball splits pair, Garthwait earns first win

CANTON, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team split a pair of decisions during the Victory Promotions Invitational on Friday in Saint Lawrence University's Burkman Gym, downing the hosts, 3-2 (25-19, 25-22, 20-25, 23-25, 16-14), before falling to the State University of New York at Canton, 3-1 (25-17, 25-16, 22-25, 25-22). During their season-opening competitions, the Purple Knights earned the initial college coaching victory for first-year head coach Kelly Garthwait '10. The Saints slipped to 3-3, while the Kangaroos are now 4-1.

During the day, senior Chelsey Covitz (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) passed Katie Herb '04 (724) for eighth in program history in career kills. Covitz improved her total to 741 by day's end while also becoming just the third Purple Knight to reach the 200-block plateau, hitting the milestone directly at 200.

Covitz dropped 15 kills against Saint Lawrence, while sophomore Kelsey Flaherty (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) had 12 kills and 16 digs. Senior Brianna Saunders (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) neared a double-double with a career-high eight kills to go along with nine digs, and classmate Lindsay Phenix (Tewksbury, Mass./Central Catholic) recorded six kills and five blocks. Senior Jess McLeod (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) doled out 48 assists, junior Hillary Miller (Plattsburgh, N.Y./Plattsburgh/Colby-Sawyer) notched a career-high 22 digs, and first-year Natalie Moore (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) had 19 digs and four aces in her college debut.

Covitz turned in seven more kills and five blocks versus SUNY Canton, Saunders had six kills, and Flaherty contributed five kills and eight digs. McLeod provided 25 assists and six digs, Moore tallied 17 digs, and first-year Natalia Maccarrone (Hingham, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) picked up 12 digs.

The Purple Knights complete play at the tournament tomorrow when they head to SUNY Potsdam's campus to oppose SUNY Plattsburgh at 1 p.m. and the hosts at 3 p.m.