SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team fell to Le Moyne College, 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-21), on Friday afternoon at Ted Grant Court during Northeast-10 Conference action.
Now 12-11 overall and 5-8 in league play, the Purple Knights remain one game shy of eighth place in a league that takes eight into its postseason tournament. Saint Michael's needs a win on Saturday during its regular-season finale at The College of Saint Rose, which starts at 1 p.m., before awaiting action around the NE-10 to see if it qualifies for its first postseason since 1995. The Dolphins are 18-7 and 9-4.
Senior Candace Washington (New Carrollton, Md./Parkdale) led the Purple and Gold with 10 kills and three blocks, with her 261 kills this fall tying Keri Forrest '97 for 10th in program history. Forrest reached the total in 1995. Classmate Kelsey Flaherty (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) notched five kills and seven digs, while sophomore Megan Priester (Dover, N.H./Dover) had five kills. Junior Catie Weller (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) dished off 25 assists, classmate Natalie Moore (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) collected 15 digs, and junior Natalia Maccarrone (Hingham, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) dropped a pair of service aces.
Junior Natalie Casson led Le Moyne with 16 kills and seven digs, first-year Anna Hafoka totaled 13 kills, and classmate Jessica Miller had eight kills and three solo blocks. Sophomore Kendall Corcoran handed out 45 assists, and first-year Mikayla Porr posted 16 digs.
The Purple Knights led the opening set 8-7 before the Dolphins pushed ahead with a 5-0 run. Moore's kill later made it 13-10, but Le Moyne's 4-0 spurt created a seven-point cushion, and Hafoka's kill later made it 22-13. Maccarrone inched Saint Michael's within 23-17 on an ace, but the hosts scored two of the last three points.
The teams played through five early ties in set No. 2, and sophomore McKenzie McNamara's (Pembroke, Mass./Pembroke) kill had Saint Michael's down just 8-7 before Le Moyne scored six of the next eight points. Consecutive Dolphin attack errors, including one that ended with a tandem block by Washington and Weller, brought the visitors within 14-11, but Le Moyne slowly pulled away, ending the set on an 11-4 run.
A 5-0 run by the hosts snapped an early 3-3 tie in the third set, and a block by Miller gave them a 14-8 advantage. Saint Michael's countered with a 7-2 stretch, creating a one-point margin three times. Washington had two kills and a block during the run, and Flaherty a pair of kills. Down 16-15, the Purple Knights saw the hosts record the next three points, including two on Casson kills. Saint Michael's chipped its deficit down to three six times down the stretch, including a trio of times on kills from junior Megan Mulvaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East), but it came no closer.