Women's volleyball falls to NE-10 leader Le Moyne

Women's volleyball falls to NE-10 leader Le Moyne

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team was swept by Northeast-10 Conference leader Le Moyne College, 3-0 (25-19, 25-10, 25-13), on Friday in the Ross Sports Center. The Purple Knights are 3-15 overall and 1-12 in the league, while the Dolphins moved to 21-5 and 11-2.

Junior McKenzie McNamara (Pembroke, Mass./Pembroke) had six kills and a block for the hosts, and sophomore Gabby Ratte (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury Hall/Colby-Sawyer) notched five kills. Senior Megan Mulvaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) notched her 105th career blocking assist, moving within one of Lindsay Phenix '14 for seventh in program history. Classmate Catie Weller (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) had eight assists and eight digs, and sophomore Sarah Rodgers (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) added eight helpers.

Senior Natalie Moore (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), who entered the weekend third in Division II in digs per set, notched 24 digs to give her 405 for the season, making her the first Purple Knight with four 400-dig seasons. Junior Julia Colasanti (Northville, Mich./Northville) contributed nine digs, and senior Natalia Maccarrone (Hingham, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) had seven.

Sophomore Jessica Miller notched nine kills on .375 hitting for Le Moyne, and senior Natalie Casson had nine kills and 20 digs. Junior Kendall Corcoran totaled 28 assists and seven digs, while sophomore Mikayla Porr collected nine digs and seven of her team's 11 aces.

Two kills by junior Megan Priester (Dover, N.H./Dover) and a tandem block from McNamara and Mulvaney helped Saint Michael's gain a 5-1 lead to open the first set, but the Dolphins countered with a 15-4 run. The Purple Knights trimmed their deficit to five points five times but came no closer.

After committing five errors in the first set and two more by the time they led just 6-5 early in set No. 2, Le Moyne made only one more error the remainder of the match. Four straight Dolphin points were met by McNamara's kill, which made it 10-6, and back-to-back kills by first-year Allie Statile (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) and Ratte had their team within 14-9, but the visitors scored 11 of the final 12 points.

McNamara and Mulvaney had kills during an early 3-1 stretch in the third set, but Porr dropped three aces in a 6-1 run. The Purple Knights trailed by two points three times - on Maccarrone's kill at 8-6, Colasanti's ace at 11-9 and a service error at 12-10 - before the Dolphins ended the match on a 13-3 run, with Casson notching kills to account for three of the final four points.

The Purple Knights complete their season by hosting The College of Saint Rose tomorrow at 3 p.m., with their seniors being honored during a pre-match Senior Day ceremony.