NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team ended its season with a 3-0 (25-7, 25-16, 25-15) loss to 2017 NCAA Tournament qualifier Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday during Northeast-10 Conference play at Pelz Gymnasium.
- Saint Michael's (0-19, 0-14 NE10), Southern Connecticut State (18-13, 10-4 NE10)
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- First-year Grace Fornabia (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Central Catholic), 3 kills, 4 aces, 3 digs, 3 blocks, 2 assists
- Junior Tanner Barton (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls), 5 kills, 8 digs, 1 ace
- Sophomore Katy Konow (Lebanon, Conn./Lyman Memorial), 9 assists, 9 digs, 3 kills, 1 block
- Senior Gabby Ratte (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury Hall/Colby-Sawyer), 13 digs
- First-year Abby Gallagher (Kingston, Mass./Silver Lake Regional), 7 digs, 1 block
- First-year Jaeden Cruz (Makakilo, Hawaii/Saint Francis School), 6 digs, 1 ace
- Senior Alyssa Gage, 9 kills, 10 digs
- Sophomore Kirstin Colwell, 7 kills, 4 blocks
- First-year Kailyn O'Neal, 12 assists
- First-year Kylie Fisher, 10 assists, 5 aces
- Saint Michael's faced its third straight 2017 NCAA Tournament qualifier.
- The Purple Knights concluded their season with the match.
- Barton and Ratte notched back-to-back kills during a tying 3-0 run early in the first set before Southern Connecticut State embarked on an 11-0 run, keyed by four Fisher aces, to make it 14-3 en route to pulling away.
- Saint Michael's flipped a 7-4 deficit into a four-point lead in the second set behind a 7-0 stretch that featured two aces by Fornabia and one kill apiece from Barton, Konow and sophomore Molly Clarke (Barkhamsted, Conn./Northwestern Regional). Fisher's kill tied the score at 13 apiece, but Barton dropped a kill before an attack error made it 15-13 in favor of the visitors. However, junior Jennifer Dawson posted four aces in an 11-0 response.
- Fornabia's kill provided the Purple Knights a 2-1 edge in set No. 3 before she and Gallagher combined on a block to keep their team within 7-4. Down only 13-9, Saint Michael's yielded the next seven points to trail by 11. Back-to-back Fornabia aces trimmed the deficit to 22-15, but the Owls netted the final three points.