Volleyball tops Saint Rose in four sets on the road

ALBANY, N.Y.Catherine McCarthy had 15 kills to lead three players with double-digit kills for the Saint Anselm College volleyball team and help the Hawks to a 25-15, 25-12, 17-25, 25-12 victory over the College of Saint Rose in Northeast-10 Conference play on Saturday afternoon at Nolan Gymnasium.

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McCarthy tallied her 10th match with 10 or more kills for Saint Anselm (14-8, 7-3 NE10) this season while hitting .464 on 28 swings. Amanda Bickford and Katy Teets were also in double figures with 12 and 11 kills, respectively, for the Hawks, who outhit Saint Rose (10-12, 1-6 NE10) by a .321 to .061 margin in the match.

The victory snapped a two-match skid in conference play for the Hawks, who are currently fourth in the NE10 standings. Bickford's 12 kills matched a career-high for the senior, who hit .429 on the afternoon. With her 11 kills, Teets moved past Marissa Caron (2001-03) into fourth all-time at Saint Anselm in career kills with 962.

Jewel Hays ran the offense with 35 assists, seven digs and four kills on five swings. Danielle Isbell anchored the back line with 20 digs for her seventh 20-dig performance of the season. Stevie Schweitzer paced Saint Rose with 12 kills and Tina Ceriello added 15 digs for the Golden Knights.

Saint Anselm used a strong close to the set to grab the opener, hitting .483 in the process. After the Hawks built an 11-5 lead, the Golden Knights cut their deficit to two with a 4-0 run. Saint Anselm responded with a 5-0 run that included four-straight kills from Teets to go ahead 16-9. The Hawks outscored the Golden Knights 14-6 after leading 11-9 to run away with the set.

In the second, Saint Anselm cooled off a bit to .273 but limited Saint Rose to a -.222 clip to go ahead two sets to none. The Hawks broke a 5-5 tie by winning five-straight points. Later, Saint Anselm used a 9-0 run on the Madison Sollows serve to stretch its lead to 19-7 and led by at least 10 the rest of the way.

The Golden Knights started a rally in the third set, winning eight of 10 points to build a 14-9 lead midway through. The Hawks got within four on two occasions but could never get any closer, as Saint Rose hit .304 in the third to send the match to a fourth set.

Saint Rose started the fourth by taking a 3-1 lead, but Saint Anselm won 18 of the next 19 points to end any thought of a comeback. Bickford had four kills early in the surge and McCarthy had four at the tail end of the run. Trailing 21-5, the Golden Knights closed the gap to 23-12 before Amanda Williams and Bickford ended the match with consecutive kills.

Next up for Saint Anselm is a home match against Adelphi University on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.