Volleyball defeats Pace in four sets

Volleyball defeats Pace in four sets

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The Saint Anselm College women's volleyball team earned a four-set victory over the Setters from Pace University on Saturday.

Box Score

Saint Anselm won via set scores of 25-18, 25-14, 21-25 and 25-18. The Hawks now improve to 10-7 and 2-1 in conference play while the Setters fall to 1-13 on the year and remain winless against NE10 opponents. The Hawks have a whole week off until they host Saint Michael's at noon on Saturday, Oct. 12.

Senior Madison Sollows (Barnstable, Mass.), junior Holly Manchester (Lodi, Wis.) and sophomore Nique D'Ancona (Corte Madera, Calif.) tied for a team-high with nine kills each. Freshman Michelle Henwood (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) dished out 29 assists while getting 11 digs, earning her sixth consecutive double-double and moving to over 500 assists on the season.

After Saturday's contest, senior Catie McCarthy (Warrenton, Va.) is now in fifth all-time on the program's career kills list with 977. She is 15 kills away from Kristine Howell '02 who holds fourth place all-time with 992 to her credit.

Saint Anselm took an early 2-0 set lead after recording 29 kills in the first two sets before Pace battled to win the third set. Saint Anselm regrouped and captured the fourth to clinch the 3-1 match win.

The Hawks opened the contest with an early 8-3 lead in the first set in thanks to seven kills. Saint Anselm kept the Setters from gaining a lead by earning four straight points with a 13-8 advantage at the midway point. Saint Anselm increased its margin with kills by Manchester and McCarthy on the way to a 25-18 win, capped by a kill from freshman Lois Dogbe (Winchester, Calif.).

Tied 6-6 in the second set, the Hawks stormed ahead, earning five straight kills to make the score 11-6. In the span, D'Ancona rifled off two of the four kills. Later, sophomore Georgia DuMars (York, Pa.) had a service ace to expand the Hawks' lead to 16-9 which forced a Pace timeout. Saint Anselm would hold the Setters to only 14 points in the set as the Hawks clinched the win with two late service aces by junior Elise Jolly (Merrimack, N.H.).

In the third set, both teams were tied at 16 but Pace took over the match with two service aces and two kills by Brielle Jones and one by Sandra Young that fueled the hosts to a 25-21 victory. Saint Anselm commanded the fourth set from the very beginning, opening an 8-4 lead and never looking back, thanks to 11 kills and a hitting percentage of .240. Ahead 21-16, Saint Anselm posted five of the set's final seven points to clinch the match victory, 25-18. Two of the five points came off kills by Manchester.

Pace was led by 13 kills from Yang. Samantha Nidini posted 17 assists and Danielle Vaiano led the Setters with 18 digs.