COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team opened its home slate with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-19) loss to Southern New Hampshire University during a Northeast-10 Conference match on Thursday evening in the Ross Sports Center.
- Saint Michael's (0-7, 0-2 NE10), Southern New Hampshire (5-7, 3-1 NE10)
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Senior Gabby Ratte (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury Hall/Colby-Sawyer), 7 kills, 13 digs
- Junior Tanner Barton (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls), 6 kills, 12 digs
- Sophomore Jillian Harvie (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough), 6 kills, 4 digs, 1 block
- First-year Grace Fornabia (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Central Catholic), 6 kills, 1 block
- Sophomore Katy Konow (Lebanon, Conn./Lyman Memorial), 20 assists, 1 ace, 6 digs
- First-year Jaeden Cruz (Makakilo, Hawaii/Saint Francis School), 11 digs, 2 aces
- Sophomore Irem Bat, 13 kills, 21 digs
- Junior Jaclyn Maguire, 10 kills
- Senior Jessica Dillon, 15 assists, 10 digs
- Junior Joanne Coffey, 17 assists
- Purple Knights' home opener, and the first of an eight-match run during which six contests are in the Ross Sports Center.
- Saint Michael's turned in season highs in kills, hitting percentage and digs.
- A Harvie kill brought the hosts within 4-3 in the opening set before senior Priscila Castro dropped three kills in a 6-0 Penmen response. The Purple Knights never again trailed by fewer than six points.
- Maguire's kill made it 7-3 in favor of the visitors during set No. 2, but Ratte had two kills in a tying 5-1 run, and Barton turned in two kills in a go-ahead 5-1 stretch that put Saint Michael's up 13-11.
- Maguire had three kills to trigger an 11-0 jaunt by the Penmen before Fornabia posted two kills in a 5-0 counter that made it 22-18, but junior Amanda Costales recorded two kills as the visitors scored the final three points.
- The teams played through four early lead changes in the third stanza, as neither led by more than three points until an error allowed Southern New Hampshire to go up 16-12. The Purple Knights edged within two points four times, including when junior Anna Lonczak's (Pine Plains, N.Y./Stissing Mountain) ace created a 16-14 score, but Costales turned in a kill and an ace as the Penmen scored six of the final eight points.
NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S MATCH
- Saturday at Stonehill College, 2 p.m.