Women's volleyball nabs early lead in 3-1 setback to Saint Rose

Women's volleyball nabs early lead in 3-1 setback to Saint Rose

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team took the opening set from fifth-place College of Saint Rose on Saturday before falling by a 3-1 (23-25, 25-16, 25-14, 25-19) count during Northeast-10 Conference play in the Ross Sports Center. The Purple Knights are now 5-12 overall and 0-10 in the league, while the Golden Knights improved to 15-6 and 7-3.

Junior Candace Washington (New Carrollton, Md./Parkdale) led the hosts with 12 kills, while sophomore Megan Mulvaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) notched seven. Junior Kelsey Flaherty (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) and first-year Megan Priester (Dover, N.H./Dover) both turned in five kills, with Flaherty adding 12 digs, and sophomore Natalie Moore (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) paced the Purple Knights with 14 digs. Classmate Catie Weller (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) handed out 29 assists.

Sophomore Maryellen Devic (Orchard Park, N.Y./Orchard Park) totaled 14 kills and 10 digs for Saint Rose, while juniors Carissa Dube (Milford, Pa./Delaware Valley) and Kelsey Lace (Glendale, R.I./Mount Saint Charles Academy) both had 10 kills. Senior Ariana Wilson (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Arlington) notched eight kills, nine digs and five aces, sophomore Erica Ziskin (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) and senior Tori Daniels (South Hadley, Mass./Frontier Regional) collected 24 and 22 assists, respectively, and senior Katy Daniels (South Hadley, Mass./Frontier Regional) posted 22 digs.

The Golden Knights led by as many as four points on three occasions in the opening set, including at 13-9 following a Wilson kill. Saint Michael's rattled off seven of the next eight points to pull ahead by a 16-14 margin on Mulvaney's kill, but six ties ensued down the stretch. After Lace dropped a kill to give her squad a 21-20 edge, Washington had a kill and a block in a 3-0 run, but Saint Rose knotted the set at 23. From there, Washington picked up another kill before a Golden Knight attack error allowed the hosts to clinch the set.

Flaherty's kill brought the Purple Knights within 6-5 in the second set before the Golden Knights used a 7-1 run to balloon their advantage to 13-6. The hosts chipped to within four points twice, for the final time at 17-13, but Saint Rose scored eight of the final 11 points. Priester's kill made it 4-3 in favor of Saint Michael's during the third set before her squad later used a 5-3 run to trim a 12-7 hole to 15-12 on a Mulvaney kill. However, Saint Rose again put together a big run to pull away, scoring 10 of the final 12 points.

In set No. 4, the hosts led 5-4 before yielding nine of the next 13 points to ultimately trail 15-11. After a Priester kill created a 16-14 margin, the visitors went on an 8-2 run to come within match point at 24-16. Mulvaney and Washington followed with kills during a 3-0 run before Saint Rose notched the clinching kill.

The Purple Knights head to Connecticut for two matches next weekend, beginning on Friday at the University of New Haven at 7 p.m. The Chargers have won four NE-10 Championships since joining the conference in 2008 and qualified for 28 of the past 31 NCAA Tournaments.