Volleyball opens NE10 play by sweeping Pace

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The Saint Anselm College volleyball team swept Pace University 25-20, 25-19, 25-22 to win its Northeast-10 Conference opener and run its winning streak to four matches on Saturday at Goldstein Center.

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Saint Anselm (6-4, 1-0 NE10) hit at least .212 in all three sets and used a balanced attack to sweep Pace (2-7, 0-1 NE10) and earn its fifth-straight victory in the series. Five Hawks tallied between five and 10 kills in the match and Saint Anselm limited Pace to a .106 attack percentage to record the win.

Amanda Williams led Saint Anselm with 10 kills on the afternoon, Katy Teets had nine to go with eight digs and Catherine McCarthy recorded eight kills and seven digs. Jewel Hays was at the middle of the balanced attack, handing out 30 assists and making nine digs. Danielle Isbell made a match-high 14 digs and also had five assists for the Hawks, while Holly Manchester contributed six kills and five block assists.

Sydney Lecker tallied nine kills and nine digs to nearly miss out on a double-double for Pace. Danielle Vaiano added 13 digs and Samantha Nidini had 19 assists and seven digs for the Setters in the loss.

Pace raced out to an early 7-2 lead in the opening set before a 12-3 run put Saint Anselm up 14-10. The run came behind the serves of Jordan Schamp and Teets and the Hawks held on the rest of the way. Trailing 22-18 late in the opener, Pace won back-to-back points, but the Hawks closed the set with a Teets kill and a pair of aces.

The Hawks broke a 10-10 tie with a 9-2 stretch in the second. McCarthy keyed the run with three kills, while Teets and Williams each had a pair of kills. Pace trimmed its deficit to four, 19-15, but the run was short-lived as the Hawks went up two sets to none.

Saint Anselm led by four early in the third but Pace hung around, tying it at 11-11. The Hawks built a 16-14 edge midway through the set and two kills from Madison Sollows helped the lead swell to 19-14, leading to a Pace timeout. Out of the stoppage, the Setters mounted a rally, closing to within 24-22 but Williams ended the match with her 10th kill of the afternoon.

The Hawks face Southern New Hampshire University for the second time in a week on Tuesday, Sept. 19 in a 7 p.m. start at SNHU Fieldhouse.