SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team returned from a one-week layoff to pick up a pair of victories at the Union (N.Y.) College Invitational on Friday in Viniar Athletic Center. The 2-1 Purple Knights knocked off the State University of New York at Oneonta, 3-1 (27-25, 24-26, 25-16, 25-17), before downing Skidmore College, 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-23). SUNY Oneonta is 3-2, while Skidmore slips to 2-5.
In the opener, senior Kelsey Flaherty (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) notched a match-high 14 kills to go along with seven digs, becoming the sixth Purple Knight with 600 kills and 700 digs for a career. By the end of Friday's matches, Flaherty had 621 kills, passing Audrey Rose Hagert '09 (612) for 11th in program history. Junior Megan Mulvaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) notched a career-high-tying nine kills for the second straight match on just 20 swings while tacking on four blocks, and sophomore Megan Priester (Dover, N.H./Dover) also had nine kills.
Senior Candace Washington (New Carrollton, Md./Parkdale) had eight kills and seven blocks, and junior Catie Weller (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) dropped six kills on 15 attacks while adding 36 assists and 15 digs. Classmate Natalie Moore (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) recorded a well-rounded 27 digs, seven assists and two aces. By the end of action on Friday, Moore pushed her career digs total to 976. Only four Purple Knights have reached 1,000.
Versus Skidmore, Washington dropped 12 kills on 22 attacks while hitting .455, adding seven more blocks, and Flaherty totaled nine kills and eight digs. Mulvaney recorded seven kills, as did sophomore Hanna Lesch (North Reading, Mass./North Reading), who matched a career best. Weller handed out 18 assists, and Moore collected 29 digs, six assists and three kills. First-year Sarah Rodgers (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) posted 11 assists over two sets, and classmate Abby Blanchet (Milford, N.H./Milford) handed out nine in one set, as both made their college debut. Sophomore Julia Colasanti (Northville, Mich./Northville) had 14 digs.
The Purple Knights complete play at the tournament on Saturday against SUNY Cortland at 1 p.m. and the hosts at 3 p.m.