Women's volleyball falls to 2013 NCAA Tournament qualifier Franklin Pierce

Women's volleyball falls to 2013 NCAA Tournament qualifier Franklin Pierce

RINDGE, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team fell at 2013 NCAA Tournament qualifier Franklin Pierce University, 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-20), on Tuesday evening during Northeast-10 Conference play in the Franklin Pierce Fieldhouse. Saint Michael's is now 5-5 overall and 0-3 in the league, while the Ravens are 7-6 and 2-1.

First-year Megan Priester (Dover, N.H./Dover) notched seven kills to pace the visitors, while junior Kelsey Flaherty (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) had six kills and seven digs. Classmate Candace Washington (New Carrollton, Md./Parkdale) collected five kills and three blocks, while sophomore Catie Weller (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) contributed 22 assists and eight digs. Classmate Natalie Moore (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) posted 13 digs and three aces, and senior Hillary Miller (Plattsburgh, N.Y./Plattsburgh/Colby-Sawyer) added seven digs and two aces.

Sophomore Aiden Garcia (Eagle Pass, Texas/Eagle Pass) paced Franklin Pierce with 13 kills, while senior Catie Swiderski (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point) totaled 12. First-year Hannah Runge (Deltona, Fla./University) handed out 33 assists, and junior Sarah MacHugh (Red Hook, N.Y./Red Hook) notched 15 digs.

The Ravens used an early 7-2 run in the opening set to nab a four-point lead, but an 8-2 run by the Purple Knights put the visitors ahead by a 15-12 count. Flaherty dropped four kills during that stretch alone, and Moore notched two aces. After still leading 17-14, Saint Michael's yielded five straight points to the hosts. Priester later knotted the set on a kill, but Franklin Pierce scored six of the final eight points to claim the set.

Set No. 2 saw the Ravens scored the first three points, but the Purple Knights edged to within one point six times, including on a Washington kill that made the score 13-12. In a 15-13 set, the hosts pulled away on the strength of a 9-1 run. During the third set, the Ravens used a 6-0 run to nab a 7-2 advantage before an 11-3 run made it 18-8. The Purple Knights slowly chipped away, eventually forging a 24-20 deficit, before Franklin Pierce picked up the clinching kill.

The Purple Knights host Bentley University on Saturday at 1 p.m.