MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College volleyball team hit .320 and won its eighth match in a row by virtue of a 25-19, 23-25, 25-15, 25-13 win over Southern New Hampshire University in Northeast-10 Conference play on Tuesday night at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
Four players were in double figures in kills for Saint Anselm (13-1, 4-0 NE-10), which defeated Southern New Hampshire (3-13, 1-3 NE-10) in four sets for the second time this season. Seven of the Hawks' eight-straight victories have come in four sets.
Katy Teets and Sarah Lowery each registered 12 kills on the night to lead the Hawks, while Madison Sollows and Brennah Gladwill each had 11. Gladwill's 11 kills came without an error on 14 swings for a .786 attack percentage, while Sollows committed just one miscue to hit .556.
Sollows added nine total blocks, which is tied for the fifth-most in a four-set match by a Hawk since 2002. Teets was also in on four blocks as Saint Anselm racked up 11 blocks as a team, its second-highest total of the season.
Saint Anselm got out to a quick 6-1 lead in the early stages of the first set before Southern New Hampshire got within two at 11-9. The Hawks responded with a 5-1 run of their own to go up by six but led just 20-18 late on. However, Sollows had a pair of kills late in the set, including one on set point, as the Hawks took it 25-19.
Neither team led by more than two in the second set until Saint Anselm opened up a 19-16 lead after a block by Amanda Williams and Teets. The Hawks led 23-21 following a Sollows kill but the Penmen won the final four points to steal the set.
After Southern New Hampshire led 3-2 early in the fourth, Saint Anselm went on a 7-0 run that included a pair of kills by Sollows and ended with back-to-back aces by Teets. The Hawks led by as many as 11 and hit .393 to take the third 25-15.
A 4-0 run gave Saint Anselm a 7-4 advantage in the fourth set. The Penmen hung around, trailing just 17-13 before the Hawks closed out the match by winning the final eight points. Lowery had three kills in the spurt and the Hawks hit .407 to finish off the Penmen.
Saint Anselm takes on Franklin Pierce on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium before a run of nine-straight matches away from Manchester.