Women's volleyball caps two-match weekend in Connecticut with loss at New Haven

Women's volleyball caps two-match weekend in Connecticut with loss at New Haven

WEST HAVEN, Conn. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team lost to perennial regional power University of New Haven, 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-14), on Saturday evening in Charger Gymnasium. The Purple Knights are now 3-10 overall and 1-7 in the Northeast-10 Conference after a two-match weekend in Connecticut, while the Chargers improved to 11-6 and 6-1. New Haven qualified for 30 of the past 33 NCAA Tournaments, including the past 10, and was the 2015 NE-10 Championship runner-up.

Senior Megan Mulvaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) and juniors McKenzie McNamara (Pembroke, Mass./Pembroke) and Megan Priester (Dover, N.H./Dover) all had six kills for Saint Michael's. Senior Catie Weller (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) and sophomore Sarah Rodgers (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) both distributed nine assists, with Rodgers adding four digs.

Senior Natalie Moore (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) totaled 22 of her team's 46 digs to bump her career figure to 1,724, just nine short of Stephanie Smetana's '09 program mark. Junior Julia Colasanti (Northville, Mich./Northville) and senior Natalia Maccarrone (Hingham, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) tacked on six and five digs, respectively, and first-year Allie Statile (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) picked up two blocks.

First-year Mallory Nowicki had 13 kills on .423 hitting for New Haven, and sophomore Kristine Rios approached a triple-double behind 12 kills, 23 assists and seven digs. Junior Caroline Martins added 10 kills, first-year Charleigh Crews had 17 digs, and senior Annika Hacker handed out 22 helpers.

A 7-3 run by Saint Michael's, keyed by two McNamara kills, had the visitors up 7-6 in the first set before a 4-0 Charger stretch put the hosts in front 11-8. The Purple Knights edged within 13-12 on Priester's kill and still trailed just 14-13 after McNamara's kill, but New Haven scored the next six points and never again led by fewer than five.

The second set saw the teams play through 13 ties and six lead changes. Saint Michael's led by as much as 12-10 and 14-12 following New Haven attack errors, among just four two-point leads for either team until the Chargers used a 4-0 run to forge ahead 20-17. Statile and sophomore Gabby Ratte (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury Hall/Colby-Sawyer) combined for a block to bring the Purple Knights within 21-20, but three Chargers had one kill during a clinching 4-0 jaunt. New Haven opened up a 7-2 lead behind a 5-0 run in set No. 3, never again leading by fewer than four points.

The Purple Knights break until next Saturday, when they host American International College at 1 p.m.