BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Despite a 1-0 match lead going into the second set, the Saint Anselm College women's volleyball team fell 3-1 to the Purple Knights from the University of Bridgeport.
The Hawks fall to 5-3 overall while Bridgeport improves to 3-3. Saint Anselm returns to action this Friday, Sept. 7 at home against Edinboro.
Junior Madison Sollows (West Barnstable, Mass.) recorded 11 kills and only three attacking errors. Across her last two matches, Sollows is hitting north of .500 with 26 kills on only 41 attacks. Senior Jewel Hays (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) tallied 34 assists, bringing her career total to 2,990 while freshman Nique D'Ancona (Larkspur, Calif.) led the team with a career high 20 digs.
Junior Catie McCarthy (Broad Run, Va.) had five kills on the night, bringing her three-year career total to 502.
Although the Hawks were down 1-0 to begin the first set, they quickly rebounded and led throughout the duration of the set, holding a match-high five-point lead at 19-14. They held off a furious rally by the Purple Knights, winning the set 25-23.
The Hawks started out strong in the second set, leading 4-1 before Bridgeport rallied for nine-straight points to take a 10-4 lead. Bridgeport lead by as many as 11 points, owning a 17-6 advantage before a late Saint Anselm rally cut the score to 19-13. Bridgeport had six of the set's final seven points, earning the 25-14 win.
Neither team led by more than three points for the majority of the third set. Saint Anselm had tied the set at 19 following Sollows' fifth kill of the set, but Bridgeport closed the door once again with six of the set's final seven points.
Saint Anselm did not lead at all in the fourth and final set as Bridgeport recorded 12 kills. The Hawks had a match-high nine attacking errors in the final stanza.
Morgan Knight led the Purple Knights in kills with 13, while Klein Johnson topped the team with 13 digs. Ellie Rich handed out 41 assists for the victors.