ALBANY, N.Y. – The Saint Anselm College women's volleyball team earned a four set victory over the College of Saint Rose in Northeast-10 Conference action on Friday night at Nolan Gymnasium.
The Hawks kept their winning ways going with their fourth straight victory. Saint Anselm is now 18-8 on the year and 8-2 against NE10 opponents, putting them in a tie for second place in the conference with American International. Saint Rose dropped to 10-16 on the year and to 3-8 against conference foes. After Friday's victory, the Hawks surpassed last season's win total.
Junior Jordan Schamp (Plymouth, Mich.) powered the offense on Friday with 16 kills alongside senior Catie McCarthy (Warrenton, Va.) and her 13 kills. Freshman Michelle Henwood (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) assisted on 37 of her team's 53 kills while also registering 17 digs, recording the 14th double-double of her young career. Also in the mix, freshman Caroline Belmontez (San Diego, Calif.) had a team-high 20 digs.
The Hawks opened the contest with an early 14-9 advantage, capped off by three Golden Knights miscues. Schamp added pressure as she fired three kills to close out the first set with a 25-20 victory.
The Golden Knights answered in the second set and earned an 8-5 lead. The hosts expanded their advantage to 13-7 thanks to two kills from Victoria Fogg. Saint Rose kept the offense going and pulled away with a 7-3 run, bringing the second set to 20-10. That momentum kept up with the Golden Knights winning 25-14 to even the match at one.
Both teams traded blows early as the Hawks led by a slim 11-9 margin following a Henwood kill. Later, the Hawks still led by two points at 20-18 before a Henwood service ace started a 5-1 run which helped the Hawks to capture the third set with a 25-19 victory.
In the fourth set, both squads went back and forth early before the match found itself tied at 12. Saint Anselm took control and led by three, 19-16, before Saint Rose responded to tie the set at 22. Kayla Archie sent home two kills to earn a slim 24-23 lead, but two McCarthy kills fueled a late run to give the Hawks a 26-24 lead in the decisive fourth set.
Stevie Schweitzer led the Golden Knights with 12 kills. Fogg posted 16 assists while Tina Ceriello led the squad with 18 digs.
The Hawks have a quick turnaround as they travel to Le Moyne on Saturday, Nov. 9 for a 12 p.m. matchup.