MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College volleyball team rallied after dropping the first set to secure a 13-25, 26-24, 25-17, 25-9 victory over Queen City Cup rival Southern New Hampshire University in a non-conference match on Tuesday evening at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
Katy Teets led Saint Anselm (5-4) with 13 kills and 10 digs for her second double-double of the season, while hitting .407 in the match, and was joined in double figures in kills by Catherine McCarthy with 10. It was McCarthy's seventh-straight match with 10+ kills. Southern New Hampshire (2-3) hit .214 on its way to taking the opening set but hit just .022 the rest of the match.
Amanda Williams added eight kills and was in on six total blocks for the Hawks and Holly Manchester pitched in with six kills and five block assists. Jewel Hays handed out 33 assists and made seven digs, while Danielle Isbell made a match-high 12 digs for Saint Anselm, which hit .235 in the match and held a 9-3 advantage in blocks.
Amanda Costales led Southern New Hampshire with 10 kills while hitting an even .400 on the night. Marisa Coronis and Priscila Castro each tallied seven kills, Kathleen Schurman made 10 digs and Joanne Coffey and Jessica Dillon combined for 27 assists for the Penmen.
Southern New Hampshire raced out to an early 6-2 lead in the first set behind two early kills by Costales. Saint Anselm stayed within touching distance until the Penmen went on a 9-0 run on Costales' serve midway through the set to take a 23-11 advantage that would eventually give the visitors the first set.
The Hawks broke a 12-12 tie midway through the second with three-straight points, including a pair of kills from Teets. With a slender 16-15 lead, Saint Anselm stretch the lead to seven, 23-16, by winning seven of the next eight points. The Penmen mounted an 8-1 run to even the set at 24-24, but the Hawks evened the match at a set apiece with kills from McCarthy and Teets ending the second.
In the third, Saint Anselm won five-straight points on Isbell's serve to go ahead 13-8 with McCarthy accounting for three kills in the early stages of the set. The Hawks would lead by at least five the rest of the set and by as many as 10 on their way to taking a two-set-to-one lead. Saint Anselm hit just .206 in the set but held the Penmen to a -.031 clip.
The Hawks outhit the Penmen .345 to -.071 to close out the match in the fourth set. Saint Anselm won eight consecutive points to build a commanding 13-3 lead behind the Teets serve as Southern New Hampshire was forced to call two early timeouts. The Hawks' largest lead was 16 on three occasions late in the set.
Winners of three in a row and four of five, Saint Anselm opens Northeast-10 Conference play at Pace on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m.