EASTON, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College volleyball team grabbed the first set, but Stonehill College came back to win the final three to record a 13-25, 25-15, 25-21, 25-19 victory to deal the Hawks just their second Northeast-10 Conference loss of the season on Saturday at Merkert Gymnasium.
Saint Anselm (13-7, 6-2 NE10) hit .310 on its way to taking the first set but was limited to a .120 clip the rest of the way by Stonehill (7-10, 4-3 NE10). After hitting .074 in the first set, the Skyhawks hit .292 over the final three sets to claim the victory.
Katy Teets was in double figures in kills for the seventh time in eight matches, leading Saint Anselm with 13 kills and eight digs. Madison Sollows, Amanda Williams and Jordan Schamp each pitched in with seven kills, while Jewel Hays notched 37 assists. Danielle Isbell added 20 digs, three aces and three assists.
Stonehill was paced by 15 kills from Allyson Hughes, with Katherine DeLanty joining her in double figures with a double-double of 12 kills and 12 digs. Jessica Givens totaled 41 assists and Claire Manuszak led all players with 17 digs on the afternoon for the Skyhawks.
Saint Anselm jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the opening set as Williams had three-straight kills as part of a 6-0 run on Isbell's serve early on. After trailing 17-7, Stonehill closed the gap to five, 17-12, but won just one point the rest of the way as the first set went to the Hawks.
The Skyhawks broke a 7-7 tie in set two with a 6-0 run, including three consecutive kills by Hughes. The run was part of a stretch that saw Stonehill win 13-of-15 points to take a commanding 20-9 advantage to help the hosts even the match at a set apiece.
In the third, Stonehill built a 13-6 lead after winning five-straight points, but Saint Anselm hung around to close to within 19-17. The Skyhawks maintained their two-point advantage at 23-21 and closed out the third following a service error and a kill by Marykay Nasby.
The Hawks rallied from an 8-1 hole to being the fourth set, putting together five consecutive points to cause a Stonehill timeout with the hosts' lead cut to two. Saint Anselm got within a point at 13-12, but that was as close as the Hawks would get the rest of the way after Stonehill won the next four points to re-establish a five-point cushion.
Next up for Saint Anselm is a trip to Le Moyne on Friday, Oct. 20 for a 5 p.m. match.