McCarthy leads volleyball to two wins to finish Hawks Invitational

MANCHESTER, N.H.Catherine McCarthy tallied 27 kills on the day to help the Saint Anselm College volleyball team close out the Hawks Invitational with a four-set win over Bentley and a sweep of Nyack on Saturday at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.

Saint Anselm 3, Bentley 1 | Box

Saint Anselm (4-4) recorded its first-ever victory over Bentley (5-3) in its opening match of the day, taking care of the Falcons in four sets, 18-25, 25-17, 25-16, 25-23, behind a balanced offensive attack. Three Hawks were in double figures in kills and five registered at least seven in the win. Bentley had won each of the prior 30 meetings between the two programs.

McCarthy led the Hawks with 15 kills along with eight digs. Madison Sollows and Amanda Williams each tallied 10 kills with Williams adding seven total blocks. Holly Manchester contributed eight kills and was in on a career-high nine total blocks. Jewel Hays put together her third double-double of the year with 41 assists and 10 digs, while Danielle Isbell led the Hawks with 23 digs and four aces.

Kirsten Segaline's 14 kills led the way for Bentley and she also had seven digs and three block assists. Dani Milner joined Segaline in double figures with 10 kills and 21 digs, a total matched by Celia Cristofoli. Rachel Bruno and Shannon Kelly had eight kills apiece and Krista Campbell and Xio Lopp combined for 30 assists for the Falcons.

Bentley hammered 16 kills and hit an even .300 in the opening set to take the lead. The Falcons opened up a 10-5 advantage before the Hawks won five-straight points, three on kills by Teets, to even it at 10-10. Bentley broke a 13-13 tie with four consecutive points of its own and made the lead hold up to take the opener, 25-18.

The Falcons rattled off seven-straight points to begin the second but were outscored 25-10 the rest of the way as Saint Anselm evened the match at a set apiece. The Hawks held the Falcons to a -.030 attack percentage in the second and won 11-of-14 points after trailing 11-9 to take command.

McCarthy had seven of her 15 kills in the third set to help Saint Anselm hit .205, its best mark of the match, and take a 2-1 lead. McCarthy's seven kills came on just 11 swings in the second and four came early on as the Hawks built a comfortable 16-4 lead. Bentley mounted a brief rally to get within six, 19-13, but the Hawks regrouped out of a timeout and won six of the final nine points of the third.

Saint Anselm closed out Bentley in the fourth behind five kills by Williams and nine digs from Isbell. Segaline had seven kills in the final set but it was not enough for the Falcons. The Hawks' only deficits in the fourth were 1-0 and 2-1 and the hosts began to pull away midway through the set with a 5-1 run to go up 18-10. After trailing 19-12, the Falcons closed the gap to one, 24-23, after a Saint Anselm timeout but Williams provided a clutch kill to end the match.

Saint Anselm 3, Nyack 0 | Box

McCarthy recorded her sixth-straight match with double-digit kills for Saint Anselm as the Hawks cruised past Nyack (0-9) 25-19, 25-12, 25-13 to end the tournament with two consecutive wins. The Hawks posted a .302 attack percentage in the win, marking the second time the team has hit over .300 in a match this season.

McCarthy was the lone player on either team in double figures in kills with her 12 to go with nine digs. Eight other Saint Anselm players had at least one kill in the match, six recorded at least one assist and 11 tallied at least one dig, led by Isbell's 10.

Kyra Zuhlke recorded six kills to lead the Warriors, who hit -.010 on the night. Larreya Hayden, Kelsi Collins and British Dawson each tallied seven digs for Nyack, while Rachel Medin and Kaitlyn Massey had eight assists apiece.

Saint Anselm broke open the first set with a 7-1 run to go ahead 15-9 after the teams were tied at 8-8. Manchester, who had four kills on six swings in the opener, and Teets each had a pair of kills during the run and the Hawks gradually stretched their lead to 24-15. Down set points, Nyack won four-straight points before Georgia DuMars ended the set with her first collegiate kill.

The Hawks hit .304 and held the Warriors to a -.133 clip to take the second by a 25-12 score. Leading 7-4, Saint Anselm extended its advantage to 15-4 by winning eight consecutive points, including two kills by Jordan Schamp. Saint Anselm led by at least 10 the rest of the set and by as many as 14.

Saint Anselm heated up even more in the third, hitting .458 with 13 kills and just two errors on 24 attempts to close out the win. McCarthy had three kills in an 8-0 run that saw the Hawks go up 9-2 and Saint Anselm led by at least five for the duration of the match. The Hawks closed the match in style by winning the last seven points.

Following play, Teets was named to the All-Tournament Team along with Bentley's Dani Milner, Assumption's Julia Goyette, Nyack's Kelsi Collins, Edinboro's Cierah Jackson and Tournament MVP Sydney Trathen.

The Hawks host crosstown foe Southern New Hampshire University on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in a non-conference match.