Women's volleyball opens home slate with victory against Norwich

Women's volleyball opens home slate with victory against Norwich

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team moved to 4-2 this season behind a 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-16) victory against in-state rival Norwich University on Wednesday at the Ross Sports Center during its home opener. The Cadets are now 3-5.

Junior Candace Washington (New Carrollton, Md./Parkdale) had nine kills and three blocks for a balanced Purple Knight offensive effort, while classmate Kelsey Flaherty (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) notched eight kills. Sophomore Megan Mulvaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) posted seven kills on a team-best .462 hitting while adding a pair of blocks, and first-year Megan Priester (Dover, N.H./Dover) totaled five kills in one set of action. Sophomore Catie Weller (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) contributed 34 assists, 11 digs and two aces, and classmate Natalie Moore (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) had a team-high 13 digs.

Junior Tara Lyons (Pocasset, Mass./Bourne) paced Norwich with six kills, first-year Katherine Crane (Avon, N.Y./Avon) handed out 14 assists, and sophomore Alex Ruediger (Sandy Lake, Pa./Lakeview) notched 14 digs.

In a 5-5 opening set, Mulvaney and Priester dropped back-to-back kills during a 3-0 run to give the hosts the final lead, and the Purple Knights pulled away with eight of the final 12 points. Behind the service of Weller, Saint Michael's scored the first five points and nine of the opening 11 during the second set, never again leading by fewer than four points. First-year Julia Colasanti (Northville, Mich./Northville) notched aces for the final two points. Mulvaney's kill made it 3-2 in the final set, with her team taking the lead for good and sparking a 4-0 run. In a 12-11 set, Washington dropped two kills in a 4-0 run, and sophomore Tess Saburn (Basking Ridge, N.J./Mount Saint Mary Academy) posted her third kill of the set at match point.

The Purple Knights host Southern New Hampshire University in their Northeast-10 Conference opener on Saturday at 1 p.m.