SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College volleyball team finished the American International Invitational by splitting a pair of matches on Saturday, sweeping Felician in straight sets before falling in five to Bridgeport University at Henry A. Butova Gymnasium.
Senior Catie McCarthy (Warrenton, Va.) passed the 900 career kills mark in the win against Felician, becoming the seventh Hawks student-athlete to reach the mark. A 19-kill performance against Bridgeport now gives McCarthy 922 career kills. The last Hawks student-athlete to reach the 900 kill plateau was Katy Teets '18 who finished her career with 1,087.
Junior Elise Jolly (Merrimack, N.H.) had double-digit kills in both matches, recording a season-high 13 against Felician and 10 against Bridgeport.
In the opening set against Felician, the Hawks built an early 11-5 advantage following a Jolly kill. It was all Hawks the rest of the way, closing out the first set with a 25-12 win. Freshman Kam Blaskey's (Ventura, Calif.) two kills in a final 5-1 push for the Hawks helped secure the opener.
It did not take long for Saint Anselm to take control in the second set, winning six of the first nine on their way to an easy 25-15 victory.
Felician raced out to a 4-0 lead in the third set and held the lead until Saint Anselm won five-straight points, tying the set at 10 thanks to an 8-3 run. Jolly keyed the run with three kills. Saint Anselm closed out the third set and secured the 3-0 victory, scoring the final six points for the 25-21 win.
Against Bridgeport, Saint Anselm held an early 13-9 lead thanks to back-to-back kills by Blaskey and Jolly. The Hawks would storm to a 21-13 lead with an 8-4 run. Saint Anselm maintained the control and finished with the 25-17 win.
In the second set, Bridgeport captured a close 25-22 victory.
In the third, the Hawks scored five of the final six points to finish the comeback and earn the third set win, 27-25.
A Purple Knights a 25-18 victory in the fourth forced the decisive fifth set. McCarthy tied the set at six before the Purple Knights used a 9-3 run to claim the match victory.
The Hawks will face Bridgeport for the final time this season on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.