MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's volleyball team earned a four set victory over the University of Bridgeport on Wednesday night at Stoutenbough Gymnasium.
The Hawks improved to 8-6 on the year while Bridgeport suffered only its second loss of the season, dropping to 11-2. Saint Anselm won by set scores of 25-20, 25-21, 16-25 and 24-22. Saint Anselm begins conference play on Saturday, Sept. 28 by traveling to Franklin Pierce for a 1 p.m. matchup. This was the first time since 1999 that the Hawks defeated the Purple Knights.
Senior Catie McCarthy (Warrenton, Va.) registered her eighth double-digit kill total of the season with 15 on Wednesday. After reaching the 900 career kills mark this past week, McCarthy is now at 937 after the win against Bridgeport. Junior Elise Jolly (Merrimack, N.H.) recorded 12 kills with freshman Michelle Henwood (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) adding a double-double with 16 digs and 35 assists. Freshman Caroline Belmontez (San Diego, Calif.) finished the day with 13 digs.
Both teams battled in the opening set to a 12-12 tie before the Hawks scored seven straight points to earn a 19-12 lead. That run included three kills by McCarthy and one from senior Madison Sollows (Barnstable, Mass.). The Purple Knights would cut the deficit down to three before junior Holly Manchester (Lodi, Wis.) and sophomore Nique D'Ancona (Corte Madera, Calif.) clinched the first set win with one kill each. Saint Anselm had its best hitting percentage of the night (.412), including 19 kills and five errors on a total of 34 attempts.
Similar to the second set, the Hawks and Purple Knights would trade blows as they were tied 15-15 at midway point of the third set. Saint Anselm would jump on a 7-3 run with Jolly recording three kills in the span to make the lead 22-18. The Hawks would hold on for a 25-21 win.
After leading 7-5 in the third set, the Purple Knights went on a 14-4 push which extended their lead to 19-9. Bridgeport held the Hawks to only 16 points in the third set and capture the 25-16 victory.
The Purple Knights would take an early 12-8 lead in the fourth set following two back-to-back Emily Burford kills. The Hawks would pull within one and trail 18-17 after Henwood recorded two kills. Head Coach Braden Zamore called a timeout following a short 3-1 span for the Purple Knights, making the score 21-18.
The Hawks regrouped and earned the five of six final points to close the match out with a 25-22 victory.