Volleyball sweeps Saint Michael's for another home win

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Double-doubles from Jewel Hays and Katy Teets helped lead the Saint Anselm College volleyball team to a 25-17, 25-16, 25-13 sweep of Northeast-10 Conference opponent Saint Michael's College on Tuesday evening at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.

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Teets hit .474 with 10 kills on 19 swings and added a match-high 15 digs to lead Saint Anselm (13-6, 6-1 NE10), while Hays added 30 assists and 14 digs. The win over Saint Michael's (1-9, 1-4 NE10) was the Hawks' sixth in the last seven meetings in the series dating back to 2011.

Catherine McCarthy pitched in with nine kills, Amanda Williams had eight and Madison Sollows tallied six for Saint Anselm, which hit 10 aces in the match. Danielle Isbell was in double figures in digs for the seventh-straight match and 14th time in the last 15, finishing with 14 digs, five assists and two aces.

The Hawks limited the Purple Knights to an attack percentage of just -.020 on the night. Saint Michael's was led by six kills from McKenzie McNamara, who hit .286. Sarah Rodgers paced the Purple Knights with 12 assists, while Julia Colasanti had a team-high 11 digs.

After a 5-1 start to the match for the visitors, Saint Anselm quickly recovered and rattled off nine consecutive points on the Teets serve, with Williams and Holly Manchester each posting a pair of kills during the run. The Hawks led by as many as nine, 16-7, before the Purple Knights closed to within five, 20-15, later in the set. However, Saint Anselm won five of the final seven points and closed the set out on a Nia Bridges ace.

Saint Michael's again got out to an early lead in the second, but Saint Anselm went on a 6-0 run on Hays' serve to take a 14-9 advantage. Back-to-back Isbell aces saw the lead swell to 19-11, only for the visitors to close the gap to 21-16. The Hawks recovered to win the final four points and a Teets kill put the hosts up two sets to none.

Saint Anselm took control of the third from the start, winning the first six points on Hays' serve, including a pair of aces from the junior setter. An 8-0 run midway through the set increased the Hawks' lead to 20-7 and Saint Anselm led by at least nine the rest of the way to improve to 9-3 at home this season.

The nine home wins already this season are the most for Saint Anselm since the 2004 team went 10-5 at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium. The sweep was the ninth of the season and third-straight for the Hawks.

The Hawks play their next three matches away from home, beginning with a trip to Stonehill to face the Skyhawks at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14.