GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – The Saint Anselm College women's volleyball team lost to Southern Connecticut State University, 3-1, in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship Semifinal round on Friday night from the campus of Adelphi University.
The Owls, who improve to 20-13 on the year won via set scores of 22-25, 25-20, 25-21, and 25-23. The Hawks fall to 17-12 on the season.
Junior Catie McCarthy (Broad Run, Va.) led Saint Anselm with 14 kills and also added 16 digs. Senior Sarah Lowery (Chicago, Ill.) had 12 kills and 12 digs in the match while classmate Jewel Hays (Aliso Viejo, Calif) finished the night with a double-double of 37 assists and a team-high 17 digs.
The Hawks fell behind early in the opening set but managed to tie things up multiple times. Late in the set, trailing 22-21, Saint Anselm regained control and eventually took the set on back-to-back errors by the Owls, an ace by Lowery, and an attack error by Southern Connecticut.
The second set was a nail-biter early on, before the Owls took a 14-7 lead. The Hawks crawled back into the set as Southern Connecticut led 20-17. However, that would be the smallest margin Saint Anselm would come to as the Owls took the set 25-20.
Saint Anselm took an 8-4 lead in the third set but things were tied at 10 and 11. The Hawks retook the lead on four separate occasions with a 16-15 edge. However, the Owls battled back and took a 19-16 lead. Southern Connecticut did not look back after that and took a 2-1 lead in the match.
The fourth set was close throughout. The largest lead was 7-3 by the Owls early on. However, the set was tied at 13, before the Hawks took a 17-16 advantage. With everything tied at 21, the Owls took a two-point lead on a kill and a service ace. The Hawks inched to within a point, but it was not enough as the Owls closed out the set and match on back-to-back errors by the Hawks.
The Hawks were ranked 10th in the latest Division II NCAA East Region poll with tournament bracket being announced on Sunday, Nov. 11 on the NCAA website.