COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team lost a pair of close sets during a 3-1 (25-23, 25-23, 20-25, 25-13) loss to Bentley University on Saturday in the Ross Sports Center. The Purple Knights slipped to 5-6 overall and 0-4 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Falcons are 7-7 and 2-2.
Junior Kelsey Flaherty (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) posted 14 kills, eight digs, three aces and two blocks to move within five digs of 600 for her career and eight kills of 500. First-year Megan Priester (Dover, N.H./Dover) contributed 11 kills, and junior Candace Washington (New Carrollton, Md./Parkdale) tallied eight kills and five blocks. Sophomore Catie Weller (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) handed out 33 assists to go along with 15 digs and five kills, classmate Natalie Moore (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) notched 23 digs, and first-year Julia Colasanti (Northville, Mich./Northville) turned in a season-high 15 digs.
Senior Tatiana Froehlich (Newton, Mass./Newton North) paced Bentley with 13 kills, junior Jaci Buscher (Lakewood, Colo./Green Mountain) added 12 kills and 13 digs, and senior Kaleigh Sullivan (Naples, Fla./Harley School) had 11 kills. Classmate Alex Tator (Los Angeles, Calif./Marlborough School) posted 47 assists and four aces, junior Jessica Segal (West Harrison, N.Y./Harrison) tossed in 17 digs, and senior Lauren Colasanti (Northville, Mich./Northville) recorded 16 digs.
Washington's kill gave Saint Michael's an 8-6 edge in the opening set before Bentley rode five kills from senior Simone Silvera (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) to an 11-3 run. The Purple Knights chipped their deficit to one point three times, including when Priester's kill made it 24-23, but a service error gave the Falcons the opening set. Flaherty and Washington combined for a block to give the hosts a 9-8 edge in set No. 2 before Bentley scored eight of the next 10 points. Saint Michael's later used a kill and an ace by Flaherty and a kill by Priester to make it 24-23, but Sullivan dropped a kill at set point.
Flaherty notched consecutive aces during a 5-0 run that snapped a 3-3 tie early in the third set, and the Falcons drew within two points on four occasions, including at 21-19, before the hosts scored four of the final five points. The fourth set saw Bentley score four straight points, mainly behind the service of Lauren Colasanti, to nab a 6-2 lead and never again lead by fewer than three points.
Saint Michael's breaks until next Saturday, when it visits Assumption College for a 2 p.m. meeting.