MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College volleyball team maintained its unbeaten start to Northeast-10 Conference play and won its ninth consecutive match by outlasting Franklin Pierce 25-17, 25-18, 23-25, 15-25, 15-12 on Saturday afternoon at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
Saint Anselm (14-1, 5-0 NE-10) took the first two sets before Franklin Pierce (5-9, 1-2 NE-10) fought back to take sets three and four. However, the Hawks regrouped and closed out the match in a tight fifth set, which was the team's first five-set match of the season.
Madison Sollows and Katy Teets paced Saint Anselm with 14 kills each, Amanda Williams had eight and Brennah Gladwill and Sarah Lowery each had seven. Jewel Hays handed out 40 assists and made 13 digs. CC Chrisom matched her career high with 26 digs.
Katie Leidhold was the lone Franklin Pierce player in double figures in kills, finishing with a double-double of 17 kills and 18 digs. Brittney Carias joined Leidhold with double-digit digs with 24, while Kelsey Hausman had 35 assists.
The Ravens, an NCAA Tournament team a year ago, flew to a 15-5 lead in the first set after a 7-0 run. The Hawks only lost two points the rest of the way to close the set on a 20-2 burst and go up by a set.
The Hawks continued their run early in the second, taking nine of the first 10 points in the early stages. Franklin Pierce hung around to tie the set at 12-12 before Saint Anselm won six-straight points in a decisive run.
Saint Anselm held a comfortable 17-9 lead in set three, only for Franklin Pierce to storm back and send the match to a fourth set. After trailing by eight, the Ravens went ahead 23-21 but the Hawks tied it at 23-23 after a service error and an ace by Hays. Franklin Pierce snagged the last two points on a kill and an ace by Leidhold.
The start of the fourth was back-and-forth until Franklin Pierce took a 12-8 lead to prompt a Saint Anselm timeout. The Ravens maintained a three-point lead at 18-15 before pulling away with the final seven points to send the match the distance.
The Hawks got off to a good start in the fifth, winning five of the first six points. The Ravens clawed their way back to even the set at 10-10. Saint Anselm broke the deadlock with a kill by Teets and two by Gladwill to open up a three-point edge and eventually wrapped up the win on a kill by Lowery.
Saint Anselm hits the road on Tuesday, Oct. 11 to face Bentley at 7 p.m., which begins a stretch of nine-straight matches away from Stoutenburgh Gymnasium for the Hawks.
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