Purple Knights remain close with regionally-ranked Saint Rose during setback

COLCHESTER, Vt. - On Senior Day at the Ross Sports Center, the Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team stayed close in the first two sets with regionally-ranked College of Saint Rose before dropping a 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-14) decision on Saturday in Northeast-10 Conference action. The Purple Knights slipped to 10-14 overall and 2-11 in the league, while the Golden Knights won their sixth straight in moving to 15-8 and 8-4. Saint Rose is ranked fifth in the latest NCAA East Region poll.

During her final home match, Saint Michael's senior Katie Walsh (East Kingstown, R.I./The Prout School) surpassed the 800-kill plateau behind a 10-kill, seven-dig, two-ace performance. Junior Chelsey Covitz (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) had eight kills, and senior Tracy Peterka (Newport Beach, Calif./Mater Dei) totaled six kills, 13 digs and two blocks. Classmate Courtney Dunne (Hopkinton, Mass./Bancroft School) collected 17 digs in her 100th career match, and junior Jess McLeod (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) contributed 26 assists.

First-year Carissa Dube (Milford, Pa./Delaware Valley) had 10 kills on 19 attacks while playing a role in two of the visitors' 11 blocks, and junior Christina Strezenec (Merrick, N.Y./Calhoun) totaled 10 kills and 11 digs. Sophomore Ariana Wilson (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Arlington) notched 25 assists, and classmate Tori Daniels (South Hadley, Mass./Frontier Regional) collected 13 helpers and 10 digs.

The Purple Knights led by as many as two points early in the opening set, 8-6, on a kill by junior Brianna Saunders (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell). Saint Rose countered with eight of the next nine points and, after Saint Michael's twice crept to within three, including at 19-16, the visitors pushed their edge to as many as six points.

A 4-1 Saint Michael's advantage in set No. 2 was wiped out by an 8-2 run by the Golden Knights. The hosts later trailed 24-22 thanks to Walsh dropping a kill and then serving an ace for consecutive points, but Saint Rose scored the final point. In the final set, Saint Rose blew open a three-point contest with a 12-5 run.

The Purple Knights complete their season next weekend with a two-day trip to New York, beginning on Friday with a 7 p.m. match at Pace University.