Women's volleyball sweeps past SUNY Plattsburgh during non-conference finale

Women's volleyball sweeps past SUNY Plattsburgh during non-conference finale

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team swept the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, 3-0 (25-8, 25-18, 25-23), on Tuesday evening at Memorial Hall. The Purple Knights improved to 5-3 this season, while the Cardinals are now 4-6.

Junior Candace Washington (New Carrollton, Md./Parkdale) dropped 13 kills on .632 hitting to go along with four blocks for the visitors, while first-year Megan Priester (Dover, N.H./Dover) had seven kills. Sophomore Catie Weller (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) dished out 31 assists while notching two aces, classmate Natalie Moore (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) totaled 27 digs and two aces, and sophomore Natalia Maccarrone (Hingham, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) tacked on 14 digs.

Senior Maggie Schrantz (Buffalo, N.Y./Lancaster) led SUNY Plattsburgh with eight kills, classmate Meghan Clifford (Shrub, Oak, N.Y./Lakeland) turned in 21 helpers, and sophomore Jackie Mariotti (Babylon, N.Y./West Babylon) added 16 digs.

During a match-opening 4-0 run, Washington lent an assist, notched a kill and earned a block, and the Purple Knights later turned a 10-7 edge into a sizable opening-set victory with a closing 15-1 run that included nine attack errors by the hosts. Junior Kelsey Flaherty (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) had three kills during the run. Saint Michael's snapped the fifth tie of the second set, 10-10, with three straight points to nab the lead for good and, after the Cardinals cut a six-point hole back down to 21-18, Washington had two kills in a clinching 4-0 run.

SUNY Plattsburgh forged a 7-5 edge in the third set, but Maccarrone and first-year McKenzie McNamara (Pembroke, Mass./Pembroke) each dropped two kills in an ensuing 7-1 run. Priester added a pair of kills in a 4-0 stretch that extended the lead to 17-11 and, after the hosts trimmed a 24-19 deficit to 24-23, a service error gave Saint Michael's the final point of the match.

The Purple Knights play their final 13 matches against Northeast-10 Conference foes, beginning with a Saturday match at Stonehill College at 2 p.m. The Skyhawks have the most overall (8) and league (2) wins among NE-10 teams.