Women's Volleyball Begins Two-Match Road Weekend with Loss at Saint Rose

Women's Volleyball Begins Two-Match Road Weekend with Loss at Saint Rose

ALBANY, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team opened a two-meet weekend trip to New York with a 3-0 (25-11, 25-22, 25-14) loss to The College of Saint Rose on Friday evening in Nolan Gymnasium. The Purple Knights are 1-12 overall and 1-7 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Golden Knights improved to 10-11 and 1-5.

Junior Gabby Ratte (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury Hall/Colby-Sawyer) posted eight kills and seven assists for Saint Michael's, while senior McKenzie McNamara (Pembroke, Mass./Pembroke) had five kills. Junior Sarah Rodgers (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) collected nine helpers and five digs, senior Julia Colasanti (Northville, Mich./Northville) notched 14 digs, and sophomore Tanner Barton (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls) added seven digs. Colasanti pushed her career dig total to 699, passing former teammate Natalia Maccarrone '17 (692) and Kaitlyn Rae '06 (698) to take over 16th in program history. Sophomore Allie Statile (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) picked up two blocks.

Senior Maddy Halverson registered 10 kills on .529 hitting with eight digs and three blocks for the hosts, and sophomore Stevie Schweitzer totaled eight kills. Classmate Tina Ceriello picked up 18 digs, and junior Sam Kubik handed out 34 assists.

The Purple Knights trailed only 3-2 in the opening set before Saint Rose rattled off seven straight points behind a kill and two blocks from junior Grace Campbell. The Purple Knights scored three of the next four points, with Statile providing a kill, to make it 11-5, before the hosts kicked off a 12-3 run to pull away.

Halverson notched a kill for the first point during a quick 2-0 start to the second set for the Golden Knights, who continued to lead, but by no more than four points, until netting four in a row to claim an 18-11 edge. Saint Michael's later countered with a 9-4 stretch to create a two-point margin, as four different players had a kill. Statile's block made it 23-21 before first-year Kyla Archie dropped a kill, but Statile netted a kill to keep it a two-point deficit before Schweitzer posted a kill at set point.

McNamara's pair of kills twice gave the Purple Knights one-point leads in the early portion of set No. 3, and the visitors continued to lead at 4-3 following a host error. However, Saint Rose countered with an 8-0 run, keyed by Halverson's two kills while she was at the service line for much of that stretch. The jaunt extended to 14-3 before Ratte downed a kill in a 4-1 response, but the Golden Knights pushed their lead back to double figures with an ensuing 4-0 run.

Saint Michael's visits Le Moyne College, a 2016 NCAA Tournament qualifier and the defending NE10 regular-season champion, on Saturday at 12 p.m.