Volleyball halted by Bentley in four sets

WALTHAM, Mass. – Junior Catie McCarthy (Broad Run, Va.) of the Saint Anselm College women's volleyball team led the team in kills and digs during a four-set loss to Bentley University on Tuesday. The Falcons won via set scores of 25-20, 25-27, 25-15 and 25-18.

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The Hawks, who posted three wins against Bentley during the 2017 season, fall to 9-5 on the season while seeing their Northeast-10 Conference record evened up at 1-1. The Falcons move to 6-7 on the year and to 2-0 against league opponents.

McCarthy notched her sixth double-double of the season in the loss, recording a team-leading 19 digs and 14 kills. Senior Sarah Lowery (Chicago, Ill.) and sophomore Elise Jolly (Merrimack, N.H.) notched 12 and 11 kills, respectively, with senior Jewel Hays (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) setting up 43 of her team's 50 kills.

Freshman Nique D'Ancona (Larkspur, Calif.) scooped up 15 digs with Hays finishing with 14. Sophomore Holly Manchester (Lodi, Wisc.) threw up two solo and two block assists in the defeat.

Saint Anselm began the match in a significant hole, falling behind by a 10-2 margin and, later, a 16-6 score. A late rally could not overcome the sluggish start, despite solid performances by Lowery, Manchester and Jolly that helped the Hawks post seven of the set's final 11 points. Bentley would turn in a .282 hitting percentage for the opening set, posting 15 kills on 39 swings.

The Hawks hit a match-high .302 in the second set, capturing a 27-25 win after posting 17 kills and only four attacking errors. Saint Anselm led by three, 18-15, but Bentley would battle the Hawks to 12 different tie scores alongside two lead changes. With the set tied at 25, back-to-back kills from Lowery locked down the match-tying set victory.

The third set swung the momentum completely in favor of the Falcons as an 8-8 score eventually turned into a 19-10 lead for the hosts. At one point, Bentley fired off six-straight points and would limit the Hawks to only seven additional points after tying the game at eight.

Bentley hit a match-high .484 in the fourth and final set, capping the match with an exclamation point after committing only two attacking errors on 31 swings. Five of the matches final six points were won by Bentley, despite Saint Anselm also hitting a match-high .407 with only one attacking miscue.

Rachel Bruno led Bentley with 17 kills. Mallory Burbage and Krista Campbell each posted 14 digs to help their team to victory.