MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – The Saint Anselm College women's volleyball team dropped its first two matches of the 2019 season at the Barry University Invitational on Friday, suffering a pair of three-set sweeps.
Saint Anselm (0-2), who fell via set scores of 25-22, 26-22, and 25-11 to East Stroudsburg before a 3-0 loss against 16th-ranked Barry University. The Warriors picked up their first win of the year over the Hawks while the Buccaneers finished day one of the tournament 2-0.
Catie McCarthy (Warrenton, Va.) posted 11 kills. She also stepped up on defense, registering 17 digs across six sets on the day. In her collegiate debut, Michelle Henwood (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) set up 31 of her team's 47 kills. With another collegiate debut, Caroline Belmontez (San Diego, Calif.) had a team-high 29 digs over two matches.
In the first set, the Hawks and Warriors were tied at 10 before East Stroudsburg ran off nine of the matches next 12 points. With the score at 19-13, the Warriors recorded four of the next six points, ending with a Kenzie Guimont kill and a 24-17 advantage. The Hawks did not let the Warriors earn the set point for the next five points, bringing the score to a two-point margin. That short run made the Warriors call a time out before Sarah Smith sent a spike down to secure the first set win.
Saint Anselm sprinted out to a 9-5 lead in the second set, but East Stroudsburg rallied back to take the second set win, as the Warriors pulled in front of the Hawks in the final moments of the set. The Warriors took control early in the third set, earning a 15-5 lead. East Stroudsburg kept the momentum going with a 10-6 run to secure the match win.
Against the Buccaneers, a slow start for the Hawks doomed Saint Anselm's chances for a first set victory, falling behind 19-0. The Hawks could not respond and finished with a 25-4 loss. Saint Anselm was able to bounce back early in the second set with a 6-4 advantage, finishing the span with a Holly Manchester (Lodi WIs.) kill. The tides would change as the Buccaneers went on a 14-7 run, earning an 18-13 lead. Barry overwhelmed the Hawks with four kills to propel them to a 2-0 match lead.
The third set swung the momentum in favor of the Buccaneers as a 7-7 score eventually into a 16-10 lead for the hosts. The two teams would go back and forth until Barry fired off the final three points. The Buccaneers wrapped up the match with a total of 11 kills on 33 attempts en route to their third set victory.
Smith led East Stroudsburg with 15 kills while Kristina Filmonova registered nine.
The Hawks will finish the Barry University Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 7 with contests against Saint Leo (11 a.m.) and Minnesota State Mankato (3 p.m.).
Photo Courtesy of Jeff Romance