WALTHAM, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team opened its Northeast-10 Conference slate with a 3-0 (25-8, 25-16, 25-15) loss to Bentley University on Friday in the Dana Center. The Purple Knights remain winless through six matches, while the Falcons are 9-4 overall and 2-0 in the NE10.
Senior McKenzie McNamara (Pembroke, Mass./Pembroke) and sophomore Jordan Dean (Gilford, N.H./Gilford) both put down seven kills for the Purple and Gold, with Dean notching nine digs. Junior Gabby Ratte (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury Hall/Colby-Sawyer) handed out 11 assists, classmate Sarah Rodgers (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) added 10, and senior Julia Colasanti (Northville, Mich./Northville) had 15 digs.
Sophomore Caitlin Corcoran posted eight kills on .571 hitting in two sets for Bentley, senior McKenna Buck collected six kills, and four players had five kills each. Junior Krista Campbell distributed 18 assists in two sets with nine digs and two aces, and sophomore Xio Lopp notched 14 helpers in the final set.
Two Bentley aces and a pair kills from sophomore Dani Milner allowed the hosts to score nine of the match's first 10 points, as the Falcons eventually led 13-3. A block from sophomore Allie Statile (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) and Dean's ace keyed a 3-0 run that made it 14-7, but 11 of the final 12 points came from Bentley.
Set No. 2 saw the Falcons forge a 10-3 lead, and they still held a 13-5 advantage on Corcoran's kill before the Purple Knights used an 8-2 run to climb within 15-13. Dean, Statile and sophomore Marina DeMild (Peabody, Mass./Peabody Veterans Memorial) all had two kills in that time, and Colasanti's ace created the two-point margin. However, the next five points went to the Falcons, who closed out the set with a 10-3 jaunt.
Neither team led by more than one point early in the third set, and Saint Michael's was up 7-6 on Statile's kill prior to Bentley scoring the next six points, kicking off what ultimately became a match-clinching 18-8 stretch.
The Purple Knights return home to face Assumption College on Tuesday at 5 p.m.