Women's volleyball downs SUNY Potsdam, moves to 7-2 for second straight season

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team improved to 7-2 for the second straight season on Tuesday, downing the State University of New York at Potsdam, 3-0 (25-12, 25-18, 25-20), during its home opener in the Ross Sports Center. In the teams' first meeting on the Saint Michael's campus since 1984, the Bears slipped to 6-8.

Senior Chelsey Covitz (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) moved into sole possession of seventh place in Purple Knight history with 799 career kills, passing former teammate Tracy Peterka '13 (793) en route to registering seven on 14 attacks during the evening. She added three blocks. Sophomore Kelsey Flaherty (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) notched 11 kills and seven digs, classmate Candace Washington (New Carrollton, Md./Parkdale) totaled eight kills on 13 swings, and senior Brianna Saunders (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) had six kills. Classmate Jess McLeod (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) handed out 30 assists to go along with eight digs, three aces and three blocks, and first-year Natalie Moore (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) finished with 12 digs.

Senior Jenna Blujus (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) recorded a triple-double of 11 kills, 13 digs and 10 assists for SUNY Potsdam, and classmate Sara Anderson (Lake George, N.Y./Lake George) posted eight kills and two aces. Senior Lauren Manzo (Clovis, Calif./San Joaquin) had 15 assists of her own, and first-year Sloane Campbell (Scotia, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) chipped in 11 digs.

Back-to-back kills by Anderson knotted the opening set at four apiece before the hosts slowly pulled away, scoring 21 of the final 29 points. Six straight points to begin the second set with McLeod serving put Saint Michael's ahead early before the Bears pulled within 16-14, but consecutive kills by senior Lindsay Phenix (Tewksbury, Mass./Central Catholic) created breathing room, and Saunders dropped a kill for each of her team's final four points. After 10 ties in the third set, the Purple Knights used a 5-0 run to break a 17-all stalemate, and McLeod dished off assists on the 23rd and 24th points before putting down a kill of her own to clinch the victory.

The Purple Knights break until Sept. 28, when they head to Southern New Hampshire University for their Northeast-10 Conference opener at 1 p.m.