Volleyball sweeps Merrimack and Queens, Hays third all-time in assists

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior Jewel Hays moved into third all-time in career assists for the Saint Anselm College volleyball program as the Hawks swept past Merrimack College and Queens (N.Y.) College on Saturday in a tri-match at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.

Saint Anselm 3, Merrimack 0 | Box

Saint Anselm (12-6, 5-1 NE10) posted its second sweep of Merrimack (3-15, 0-4 NE10) this season in the first match of the day, taking the opener 25-14, 25-8, 25-16. The Hawks hit over .300 in all three sets and .348 for the match, while holding the Warriors to a -.012 clip over the three sets.

Eight Hawks recorded kills in the win, led by eight apiece from Catherine McCarthy and Katy Teets. Amanda Bickford added seven on eight errorless swings. Hays had 24 assists for Saint Anselm, while Danielle Isbell paced the team with 10 digs. Sofia Basauri had a team-high seven kills, Rosie Sperduto had 13 assists and Amanda Cain tallied a match-high 12 digs for Merrimack.

The Hawks hit .394 on their way to taking the opening set. After leading 11-7, Saint Anselm extended its lead to 17-9 with an 8-2 run, causing a Merrimack timeout. Madison Sollows had a pair of aces as part of a 6-0 run late in the set that also included kills from Holly Manchester, Teets and Hays.

A 5-0 run capped by back-to-back aces from Jordan Schamp put Saint Anselm up 12-5 midway through the second set. The Warriors won just three points the rest of the set, as the Hawks put together runs of 4-0 on Sollows' serve and 8-0 with Gianna Bowman on the line to end the set.

Neither team led by more than one in the third until the Hawks won five-straight points to go ahead 15-11. Merrimack hung around until a 4-0 spurt extended Saint Anselm's lead to 22-15 late in the set. Bickford tallied kills on four of the final six points of the match to close out the win.

Saint Anselm 3, Queens (N.Y.) 0 | Box

Teets registered a double-double of 10 kills and 12 digs, along with four aces, to lead Saint Anselm past Queens (N.Y.) by a 25-23, 25-20, 25-11 margin in the final match of the day. Hays' 28 assists moved her past Heather Swechesky and into third place in the Saint Anselm record book with 2,234 assists in her career.

In addition to Teets' fifth double-double of the season, Sollows tallied seven kills, Schamp had six and Bickford and Amanda Williams each had five. Isbell had a match-high 15 digs, while Hays was one dig shy of a double-double of her own for the Hawks, who hit .269.

Briana Green tallied nine kills without an error to hit .600 for Queens. Kristen Moore recorded 14 assists and seven digs for the Knights, who hit just .069 in the match. Reggie Anthony paced the Queens backline with 14 digs.

The first set came down to the wire, as an early 6-2 Saint Anselm was the largest for either team. A kill and an ace from Teets late on put the Hawks up 24-20, but the Knights fended off three set points to prompt a timeout. Out of the break, a McCarthy kill gave Saint Anselm the set, 25-23.

Queens led 11-9 in the second before a 5-0 run gave Saint Anselm a three-point lead. With the score knotted at 21-21, Saint Anselm won the final four points of the set, including kills from Williams, Teets and Schamp, to go up two sets to none.

Bickford had two kills early in the third as part of a 6-1 start to the set for Saint Anselm. For the second time on the day, the Hawks made a run on Bowman's serve midway through the set to push their lead to 15-5. Saint Anselm led by at least eight the rest of the way and won nine of the final 12 points to finish the day 2-0.

The Hawks host Saint Michael's on Tuesday, Oct. 10 in a 7 p.m. start at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.