Balanced attack fuels Volleyball 3-1 win over Queens

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Four players registered double-figures in kills as the Saint Anselm College volleyball team picked up its third-straight win with a 3-1 victory over visiting Queens College (N.Y.) on Saturday afternoon.

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The Hawks continue to build on a program-best start to the season by improving to 8-1 overall with the win, while Queens falls to 2-8 with the setback.

Amanda Bickford (Salem, N.H.) registered a team-high 12 kills, while Madison Sollows (West Barnstable, Mass.), Amanda Williams (North Andover, Mass.) and Katy Teets (Dix Hills, N.Y.) added 10 kills apiece against the Knights. Sarah Lowery (Chicago, Ill.) picked up seven kills and 14 digs for the Hawks as well.

Jewel Hayes (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) handed out a match-high 45 assists to go with a pair of kills, three aces, and eight digs. CC Chrisom (Dover, N.H.) picked up a team-high 22 digs, while Sollows and Williams led the defense by combining for seven total blocks in the win.

Queens was paced by 13 kills and eight digs from Nicoletta DiCocco. Cassidy Stewart added 11 kills, while Malaika Hollis had eight kills and seven digs in the setback. Kristen Moore registered 41 assists and nine digs, with Ragina Anthony having an all-around game with 19 digs, four kills, and three aces.

The Hawks unfortunately got off to a slow start as a Lauren Kehoe ace put the Hawks in a 10-5 hole early in the first game, forcing a Saint Anselm timeout. The Hawks fought their way back into the game and a block from Williams and Lowery knotted the game at 18-all.

The two teams continued to trade points, but the Hawks could not pull ahead even as a Knights error tied the score at 25-25. Queens scored the final two points of the set on a Saint Anselm error and a DiCocco kill to take a 1-0 lead in the match with the 27-25 win.

Saint Anselm heard the alarm and raced out to a 15-5 lead in game two after a block from Hays and Williams and a Knights error. The Hawks kept Queens at bay for the rest of the game and held on for a 25-17 win to knot the match at 1-1.

Game three was a back-and-forth battle as Saint Anselm took an 11-8 lead on a Sarah Lowery kill, but Queens eventually took a 15-14 lead following a Hawk error. The teams traded points over the next several serves until kills from DiCocco and Tori Bowser put Queens on top 21-20, and they eventually took a 23-21 lead on another Bowser kill.

The Hawks turned up the offense, ending the game on a 4-0 run with four-straight kills from Teets, Bickford, Hays, and Williams to grab a 2-1 lead in the set with the 25-23 win.

In the final game, Saint Anselm built a 10-6 lead after a Teets kill and the advantage jumped to 15-11 as Teets knocked down another point several serves later. Queens answered with back-to-back points, but the Hawks rattled off six of the next seven scores to take a commanding 21-14 lead.

The Knights mounted a small comeback, pulling to within 23-19, but a Sarah Lowery kill followed by a Queens error ended the game and gave the Hawks the 3-1 victory.

Saint Anselm returns to action next Saturday when they open up Northeast-10 Conference play with a 2 p.m. matchup against Pace University in Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.

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