Balanced effort leads Saint Michael's past in-state foe Norwich, 3-0

NORTHFIELD, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team blanked Norwich University, 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-16), on Tuesday in Andrews Hall. The Purple Knights improved to 9-5, while the Cadets are 4-16.

Sophomore Kelsey Flaherty (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) posted 10 kills and eight digs for the visitors, while senior Lindsay Phenix (Tewksbury, Mass./Central Catholic) had eight kills on 15 swings to go along with three blocks. Classmate Chelsey Covitz (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) tacked on seven kills and four aces to up her career kills total to 843, passing Katie Walsh '13 (837) for fifth in program history and coming within one of Kaitlyn Rae '06 (844) for fourth.

In her 100th career match, senior Jess McLeod (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) surpassed the 3,200-assist plateau, finishing with 16 helpers and six digs, while first-year Catie Weller (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) had 11 assists. Junior Hillary Miller (Plattsburgh, N.Y./Plattsburgh/Colby-Sawyer) posted three aces, and first-year Natalie Moore (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) collected 12 digs.

Sophomore Tara Lyons (Pocasset, Mass./Bourne) led Norwich with seven kills, while junior Kelsey Mancini (Lynnfield, Mass./Lynnfield) had six. Classmate Corinne Baita (Rochester, N.H./Spaulding) posted 18 assists and 13 digs, and sophomore Angie Hershberger (Felton, Calif./San Lorenzo Valley) notched 17 digs.

In the opening set, the Purple Knights yielded three of the first five points before going on a 7-0 run, with Covitz serving two aces during that time to make it 9-3. After Norwich drew within 9-7, Saint Michael's scored six straight points, with Flaherty and Phenix notching two kills each. The run extended to 13-2, and the set ended on a Cadet service error.

Behind the service of senior Cynthia Edgerton (Vail, Colo./Vail Mountain School), the Purple Knights used an 8-0 run to grab an 8-1 lead in set No. 2, eventually extending their lead to as many as 13 points on two occasions. After Saint Michael's allowed the first four points in the third set, and still trailed by four at 8-4, Covitz notched back-to-back aces during an 8-0 run, which eventually turned into a clinching 21-8 run.

Saint Michael's returns to Northeast-10 Conference play on Saturday by hosting Assumption College at 1 p.m.