Women's volleyball completes road weekend with loss at regional power Adelphi

Women's volleyball completes road weekend with loss at regional power Adelphi

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team completed a two-match weekend in New York on Saturday at Adelphi University, losing a 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-13) decision during Northeast-10 Conference action in the Center for Recreation and Sports. The Purple Knights are 5-10 overall and 0-8 in the league, while the Panthers, who have qualified for the past seven NCAA Tournaments, are 11-9 and 8-0, having extended their winning streak to 11.

Junior Candace Washington (New Carrollton, Md./Parkdale) collected seven kills and three blocks for the visitors, first-year Megan Priester (Dover, N.H./Dover) had six kills, and junior Kelsey Flaherty (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) added five kills, nine digs and two blocks. Sophomore Natalie Moore (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) totaled a match-best 26 digs, classmate Natalia Maccarrone (Hingham, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) produced 10, and sophomore Catie Weller (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) distributed 21 assists.

Senior Haley Blunt (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) recorded 12 kills and nine digs for Adelphi, classmate Kaitlyn DeStefano (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale) tallied 11 kills and five blocks, first-year Megan Manierski (Macomb, Mich./Dakota) had 22 assists in two sets, and sophomore Sierra Crook (Spokane, Wash./Mead) turned in 20 digs.

Washington's kill gave Saint Michael's a 2-1 edge early in the first set before Adelphi scored five straight points, including three on blocks, to take the lead for good. Flaherty's solo block later drew the visitors within 13-7, and Washington and Priester dropped consecutive kills to make it 19-13. A Panther service error kept Saint Michael's within 20-14 before the hosts notched the final five points.

The Purple Knights began set No. 2 with five straight points, and seven of the opening eight, with Weller notching one kill and two assists in that time, and the visitors withstood an Adelphi rally to within 9-8 by countering with a 6-1 run to go up 15-9. From there, the Panthers scored 13 of 17 points to nab a 22-19 edge, but Priester and Weller had kills to help their team make it a 22-21 margin. Adelphi then scored the final three points, including the last two on aces.

The third set saw neither team lead by more than two points until the Panthers snapped a 7-7 tie with a 3-0 run. The Purple Knights still trailed only 14-10 before the hosts scored 11 of the final 14 points.

Saint Michael's hosts Le Moyne College next Friday at 5 p.m.