Women's volleyball drops decision to fourth-place Saint Rose

ALBANY, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team completed a two-match weekend road trip to New York with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-13, 27-25) loss against fourth-place The College of Saint Rose on Saturday at Nolan Gymnasium during Northeast-10 Conference play. The Purple Knights slipped to 11-9 overall and 3-7 in the league, while the Golden Knights are now 15-3 and 7-2.

Senior Chelsey Covitz (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) collected seven kills, becoming the fourth Purple Knight with 900 for a career. With 901, she is three short of matching Lindsey Shumway '05 for third in school annals. Classmate Jess McLeod (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) totaled 22 assists and five digs, moving past the 3,400-helper plateau for her career and passing Val Phillips '01 for 10th in program history in digs (810).

Sophomore Candace Washington (New Carrollton, Md./Parkdale) had five kills and two blocks, classmate Kelsey Flaherty (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) totaled four kills and six digs, and first-year Natalie Moore (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) notched 10 digs. Senior Lindsay Phenix (Tewksbury, Mass./Central Catholic) tacked on four kills and three blocks, and classmate Brianna Saunders (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) added four kills.

Sophomore Kelsey Lace (Glendale, R.I./Mount Saint Charles Academy) posted 13 kills and three blocks for Saint Rose, junior Ariana Wilson (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Arlington) collected 17 assists, and classmate Tori Daniels (South Hadley, Mass./Frontier Regional) posted 12 assists and five aces.

In a close opening set, an attack error by the hosts gave the Purple Knights a 17-16 edge before the Golden Knights countered with the next five points, the first lead by more than three points for either team, sparking a clinching 9-3 run. Saint Michael's led 9-7 in the second set thanks to a 3-0 stretch that Saunders began with a kill, and the visitors later trailed just 11-10 prior to the Golden Knights scoring 14 of the final 17 points. The Purple and Gold led by as many as four points on three occasions in set No. 3 before Saint Rose scored five straight points, including forcing one of four ties down the stretch. Down 24-19, Saint Michael's knotted the set at 24 on a Phenix kill, and Saunders later tied the score at 25 before the hosts notched the final two points.

The Purple Knights return home to face the University of New Haven on Friday at 7 p.m. Since joining the NE-10 in 2008, the Chargers have advanced to the NCAA Tournament every season, including the Elite Eight last fall.