MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior Katy Teets became the third player in program history to record 1,000 career kills and the Saint Anselm College volleyball team secured the No. 6 seed in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship despite a four-set loss to the University of New Haven on Senior Day on Saturday at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
Teets entered the match six kills shy of the 1,000 kill mark and reached the milestone midway through the second set for Saint Anselm (15-11, 8-6 NE10) on her Senior Day. Kali Greathead posted a double-double of 21 kills and 16 digs while hitting .559 for New Haven (19-7, 14-0 NE10), which completed an unbeaten run through the regular season to wrap up the regular-season championship.
Prior to the match, the Hawks recognized seniors Amanda Bickford, Danielle Isbell, Amanda Williams and junior Riley Grussing, who will be graduating early, in addition to Teets. The group of five have helped Saint Anselm to a record of 58-46 over their careers, making them the winningest senior class since the Class of 2004.
With other results around the NE10, Saint Anselm will be the No. 6 seed in the upcoming NE10 Championship and will travel to third-seeded Bentley for a quarterfinal match at 7 p.m. at Tuesday, Nov. 14 in its second-straight appearance in the league playoffs. The Hawks defeated the Falcons in both regular season meetings in Manchester.
Teets and Williams each recorded 12 kills for the Hawks, while Grussing had three assists, Isbell made 15 digs and Bickford recorded a dig and a kill in their final regular season match. Madison Sollows had 10 kills on 18 errorless swings to hit .556 and also was in on a team-high five blocks. Jewel Hays posted 41 assists and 14 digs with three block assists.
In addition to Greathead's big match, Caroline Martins registered 14 kills and six digs for the Chargers, who got a match-high 32 digs from Lindsey Kim. Kristine Rios approached a triple-double with 31 assists, eight kills and eight digs for New Haven, which hit .280 in the match.
Saint Anselm trailed 20-19 late in the first set before staging a late rally to snatch the opening set. Teets and Williams each had a pair of kills as the Hawks won the final six points of the opener, with Holly Manchester contributing a solo block and Hays serving up an ace.
New Haven flipped the script in the second, using a 10-3 close to the set to even the match at a set apiece. Martins had kills on three points in the closing surge for the Chargers, including two on the final three points.
The Chargers hit .361 on their way to taking the third by a 25-14 score to go up a set. New Haven strung together five-straight points on the serve of Annika Hacker to go up 15-6 and led by as many as 11 on five occasions.
The Hawks held a slender 19-18 advantage late in the fourth, looking to send the match to a decisive fifth set. New Haven had other ideas, however, and won seven of the final eight points to close out the victory. Greathead provided three kills on the final eight points for the Chargers.