Volleyball drops two on second day of Shark Invitational

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Saint Anselm College volleyball team dropped a pair of matches on day two of the Nova Southeastern Shark Invitational on Saturday, falling in five sets to Tusculum and three sets to Lenoir-Rhyne at Rick Case Arena.

Tusculum 3, Saint Anselm 2 | Box

Four players had double-digit kills for Saint Anselm (1-3) in its opener on the day, but Tusculum (2-1) edged the Hawks in five sets, 23-25, 25-23, 25-17, 21-25, 15-13. Holly Manchester paced Saint Anselm with career-highs in kills (12) and block assists (5), while fellow freshman Rebecca Lai made a career and match-high 29 digs.

Katy Teets posted a double-double of 11 kills and 16 digs and was also in on four blocks. Madison Sollows and Catherine McCarthy each tallied 10 kills for the Hawks. Jewel Hays recorded 43 assists and 11 digs to join Teets with a double-double.

Tusculum also had four players in double figures in kills, led by Cassie Born with 14 kills and 13 digs. Laryssa Welch tallied 13 kills and five blcok assists, Sabrina Schleuger had 12 kills and 11 digs, Mariah Lewis totaled 11 kills and seven block assists. Shannon Murphy handed out 51 assists and also had 15 digs and five block assists for the Pioneers.

Saint Anselm jumped out quickly to an 8-1 lead in the first set behind three early kills from Manchester. The Hawks led by as many as 11 on three occasions and led 21-11 before Tusculum mounted a furious rally to tie the set at 23-23. However, Saint Anselm regrouped and closed out the set with a kill by Sollows and a solo block by Teets.

The Pioneers never trailed in the second set until the Hawks used a 10-3 run to take a late 23-21 lead. McCarthy had two kills and a block during the run but Tusculum won the final four points of the set to even things at a set apiece.

Tusculum led the entire way in set number three to take a 2-1 lead. The Pioneers stretched a 14-11 lead to 20-13 with a 6-2 run and led by at least six the rest of the set, claiming it 25-17.

Two kills apiece from McCarthy and Amanda Williams gave Saint Anselm four-straight points and a 10-6 lead early in the fourth. The Hawks led by between two and four points the rest of the way until taking a 24-19 lead and sent the match the distance on a Manchester kill.

Tusculum surged ahead 8-3 early in the fifth and still led by five at 13-8 before a late Saint Anselm rally. A Pioneers' service error, a kill from Manchester, a Tusculum error, an ace by Lai and a bad set brought the Hawks within a point, 14-13, before Kaily Weiss ended the match with a kill.

Lenoir-Rhyne 3, Saint Anselm 0 | Box

Led by 12 kills each from Taylor Prall and Brooke Redmond, Lenoir-Rhyne (2-2) hit .267 as a team to defeat Saint Anselm 25-21, 25-23, 25-18 in the Hawks' final match of the tournament. McCarthy reached double figures in kills for the second time on the day, leading the Hawks with 12 while hitting .476.

Hays tallied 25 assists and eight digs, Teets had eight kills, Williams added seven and Lai pitched in with nine digs for Saint Anselm. Maggie Bogart and Anna Smith combined for 29 assists for the Bears, who got eight digs and six assists from Bailey Cloninger and out-blocked the Hawks 8-3.

Lenoir-Rhyne grabbed a 10-3 lead early in the first set and led by as many as nine. With the Bears up 23-15, the Hawks strung together four-straight points to get within four. After a Brooke Redmond kill, Saint Anselm got kills from Teets and Williams to close the gap to two but Emily Steele ended the set with a kill for Lenoir-Rhyne.

Saint Anselm jumped out to a 6-1 lead very early on in the second and held a 13-10 lead until a 4-0 run put Lenoir-Rhyne on top. With the teams tied at 21-21 later on, the Bears won back-to-back points to take a decisive lead and took a two-set lead with a narrow 25-23 second set win.

The teams were tied at 11-11 midway through the third before Lenoir-Rhyne rattled off nine-straight points to take a comfortable lead. Consecutive McCarthy kills cut the deficit to seven, 22-15, late on but the Bears closed out the match 25-18.

Saint Anselm returns home to host the Hawks Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8-9. The Hawks will face Assumption, Edinboro, Florida Tech and Nyack at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium over the two-day tournament.