EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. – The Saint Anselm College women's volleyball team split Saturday's doubleheader, falling in straight sets to the hosts from East Stroudsburg University before capturing a four-set win against Jefferson in a neutral-court battle.
The Hawks conclude their four-match schedule at the East Stroudsburg tournament with a 5-2 overall record while the Warriors exited their match against the Hawks with an unblemished 7-0 record. Jefferson has lost three of its first four matches to begin the 2018 season.
Saint Anselm was downed by a 3-0 score to East Stroudsburg to open the day (25-17, 25-20, 25-18) and lost the first set to Jefferson (25-17), but the Hawks would rally to take the next three (25-18, 25-23, 25-22) from the Rams.
Junior Catie McCarthy (Broad Run, Va.) led the Hawks with 13 kills and was named to the All-Tournament team while senior Jewel Hays (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) set up 26 of her team's 30 kills on the match. Freshman Nique D'Ancona (Larkspur, Calif.) registered 14 of her team's 44 digs with Hays narrowly missing a double-double with eight digs of her own.
The Hawks opened up a 1-0 lead in the first set against the Warriors but six-straight points by the home team would swing the momentum. Saint Anselm would draw even at 13 but East Stroudsburg captured eight of the game's next nine points to thwart the comeback attempt. The Hawks would come back in the second set as well, shrinking the Warriors lead to 19-18, but East Stroudsburg would hold on.
Down by a 5-4 score in the third set, East Stroudsburg put the match out of reach with 10 of the set's next 14 points and never looked back en route to the win. Using only nine student-athletes, East Stroudsburg hit a combined .321 (45-11-106) and was led by Andrea Coyle and her 13 kills and eight digs.
Junior Madison Sollows (West Barnstable, Mass.) overwhelmed Jefferson with 15 kills on 19 errorless attacks, hitting at a dominant .789 clip. McCarthy contributed with 13 kills, matching the season-high output by freshman Jordan Schamp (Plymouth, Mich.). Hays posted 49 assists on her team's 57 kills while three Hawks, McCarthy, Nique D'Ancona and sophomore Rebecca Lai (Tortoli, Sardinia, Italy), reached double-digit digs.
Jefferson stunned the Hawks in the first set but Saint Anselm settled down to build up an 18-13 lead in the second set, eventually evening the match score to 1-1. The Rams would not go quietly in the third set, but the Hawks broke a 15-15 deadlock with six of the set's next seven points following a clutch McCarthy kill.
Down by a 22-21 margin late in the fourth set, Schamp had two clutch kills sandwiching a Rams attacking error to propel her team to a 24-22 advantage. A service ace by sophomore Elise Jolly (Merrimack, N.H.) at match point allowed the Hawks to finish the day with a split.
Hays exited play this weekend with 2,956 assists and needs only 44 helpers to become the third student-athlete in team history to reach 3,000 across a career. McCarthy requires only three more kills for 500 in her three-season tenure on the Hilltop.
Saint Anselm will travel to Bridgeport for a 7 p.m. non-conference match on Tuesday, Sept. 4.