Stonehill wards off late Hawks rallies, downing volleyball in four

Stonehill wards off late Hawks rallies, downing volleyball in four

EASTON, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College women's volleyball team was tripped up by the host Skyhawks from Stonehill College on Tuesday at Merkert Gymnasium.

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Saint Anselm falls to 4-2 on the season against Northeast-10 Conference opponents and to 14-8 overall. Stonehill finds itself tied with the Hawks with a 4-2 league mark, improving to 11-7 on the year. The Hawks head to Assumption on Tuesday, Oct. 29 for a 6 p.m. showdown with the Greyhounds.

Junior Elise Jolly (Merrimack, N.H.) hammered home 16 kills in the losing effort, committing only two attacking errors on the evening. Senior Catie McCarthy (Warrenton, Va.) had 12 of her own while freshman Michelle Henwood (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) set up 43 of her team's 49 kills in the match.

Defensively, freshman Caroline Belmontez (San Diego, Calif.) scooped up 23 digs, matching a season and career high, to lead student-athletes from both sides. Senior Madison Sollows (Barnstable, Mass.) concluded the day with exactly 750 kills and 300 digs. Sollows and McCarthy also appeared in their 381st career sets on Tuesday, moving past Kristine Howell '02 to crack the program's top-10 list for appearances.

On the day, Stonehill outmuscled the Hawks in kills (55-to-49) and posted 66 digs to oppose 65 by Saint Anselm.

The Hawks committed seven attacking errors in the first set, allowing Stonehill to capture a 27-25 victory in the opener. With the set tied at 20, Stonehill posted four consecutive points that were immediately answered by four straight points by the Hawks, setting up a dramatic ending. Stonehill stunned Saint Anselm at set point, rallying from a 25-24 deficit to earn a 27-25 win in the opener.

Saint Anselm tied the match at one with a dominant 25-15 win in the second stanza. The Hawks hit home 14 kills on 25 errorless swings, hitting .560, while limiting Stonehill to only a .129 attacking percentage. The Hawks led by as many as 12 points, 22-10 and 23-11, in the second set.

Ahead by an 11-9 margin in the third set, Stonehill produced eight of the next nine points to earn a 17-12 advantage that they would not relinquish en route to a 25-23 set win. With the set deadlocked at 23, Stonehill had back-to-back kills from Basia Peragine and Sophia Poveda to go ahead in the match, 2-1.

Saint Anselm was down by a 7-2 margin in the fourth set but did well to come back and bring the tilt even, 22-22. In fact, the Hawks would go on to lead by a 24-22 score in the set after a bad set by Stonehill followed by an attacking error. Looking to force a fifth and decisive set, Saint Anselm had a service error and back-to-back attacking miscues. The match ended on a service ace by Carly Russell.

Stonehill was led by 13 kill performances by Poveda and Peragine. Molly Turner handed out 21 assists and Rachel Dunlavy logged 16 kills and eight assists in the hosts' four set triumph.