COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team opened a two-match home weekend with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-19) loss to Le Moyne College on Friday during Northeast-10 Conference play in the Ross Sports Center. The Purple Knights are 5-11 overall and 0-9 in the league, while the Dolphins moved to 7-10 and 4-4.
Junior Candace Washington (New Carrollton, Md./Parkdale) led the hosts with nine kills and two blocks, first-year Megan Priester (Dover, N.H./Dover) had eight kills, and junior Kelsey Flaherty (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) notched four kills, 11 digs and two blocks. Sophomore Catie Weller (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) dished out 27 assists to go along with 11 digs, and classmate Natalie Moore (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) collected 25 digs.
Sophomore Natalie Casson (Kingman, Ariz./Kingman) paced Le Moyne with 16 kills, classmate Andrea Buchanan (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) totaled 11 kills and 10 digs, and sophomore Allegra Lee Bell (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) notched 10 kills and three blocks. Senior Megan Maisonet (Pine Bush, N.Y./Pine Bush) finished with 46 assists and 11 digs, and sophomore Annie Stoklosa (Victor, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy) had 16 digs.
Saint Michael's overcame a 3-2 deficit in the opening set behind four straight points, including two on Priester kills, before Casson collected three consecutive kills to cap an 8-2 run and give the Dolphins an 11-8 lead. The Purple Knights twice trimmed the hole to two points, including at 16-14, but the visitors pulled away with five of the final six points.
The second set included seven ties, while neither team led by more than three points until the latter stages. After Priester dropped a kill to knot the score at 15, three Le Moyne players had kills during a 3-0 run that gave their team the lead for good. Down 22-17, Saint Michael's rallied for four straight points, with Washington posting back-to-back kills to make it 22-21, but the Dolphins tallied the final three points.
After four early ties in set No. 3, Flaherty and Washington both had a block and a kill during a 4-0 run that gave the Purple Knights an 11-9 edge, but Le Moyne followed an ensuing Washington kill with seven straight points to snag an 18-13 advantage. The hosts never again came closer than four points.
The Purple Knights host The College of Saint Rose tomorrow at 2 p.m.