Volleyball defeats Southern N.H. in five-set thriller

Volleyball defeats Southern N.H. in five-set thriller

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College volleyball team rallied from a 1-0 deficit in the match to down Southern New Hampshire University in five sets on Wednesday at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.

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Saint Anselm, who won by set scores of 20-25, 25-14, 21-25, 25-12 and 15-12, improves to 4-5 on the season following the non-league fixture. Saint Anselm extended its winning streak to four games while Southern New Hampshire falls to 3-4 overall.

Junior Jordan Schamp (Plymouth, Mich.) and senior Catie McCarthy (Warrenton, Va.) carried the load offensively for Saint Anselm, accounting for 31 of the team's 68 kills on the day. Schamp had a career-high 16 kills and six digs while McCarthy tallied 15 kills on 38 attempts, hitting .364. Sophomore Nique D'Ancona (Corte Madera, Calif.) registered 11 kills with nine digs and senior Madison Sollows (Barnstable, Mass.) followed with 11 kills.

Freshman Michelle Henwood (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) had 47 assists, 16 digs and six kills for the Hawks, all career-high marks. Sophomore Holly Manchester (Lodi, Wis.) had nine kills and 22 attacks with only one error, hitting a career-high .364.

The Penmen led all the way in the first set, leading by as many as six, 21-14, until the Hawks scored the next three points to bring them back to four points (21-17) in thanks to two kills from D'Ancona. The Hawks attempted to create a push, but the Penmen won the final three of four points to take the opener.

The Hawks raced out to a 12-5 lead early on in the second set. After a Southern New Hampshire timeout, the Hawks continued with the momentum and eventually took an 22-10 advantage. Saint Anselm fired three kills in the final seven points to tie the match at 1-1 with those coming from D'Ancona.

Again, the Hawks jumped out to an early 10-3 lead but the Penmen mounted a rally and eventually brought the third set to a 19-19 tie. Following a Saint Anselm timeout, D'Ancona slammed home a kill to regained the lead at 20-19. The Penmen responded by winning the next four straight points to erase the Hawks' hopes and earn a 23-20 advantage. Momentum was on Southern New Hampshire's side as they closed out the third set for a 25-21 win.

As Saint Anselm followed a similar path than the third set, the Hawks began the fourth with an early 11-3 lead. Two kills each from McCarthy and Schamp helped the Hawks gain the advantage. Later in the set, up by six at 17-11, McCarthy led the charge with two kills en route to Saint Anselm taking the next five straight points to hold a 22-11 margin. Saint Anselm would go ahead and win the fourth set, extending the match to a fifth-set. 

Neither team could get out to an early lead in the fifth set, staying even at 6-6. With the game on the line, D'Ancona registered three kills, helping the Hawks take a 12-8 advantage. That run made the Penmen call a timeout. With pressure mounting, the Hawks would earn the fifth set victory by two Schamp kills in the final six points. 

The Hawks look ahead to Friday, Sept. 20 as they travel to play at the American International College Invitational where they will face Assumption, the host Yellow Jackets, Felician and Bridgeport.