SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Junior Catie McCarthy (Broad Run, Va.) of the Saint Anselm College women's volleyball team posted 10 kills in Thursday's straight-set loss to American International College.
Saint Anselm, who fell via set scores of 25-19, 25-12 and 26-24, falls to 9-6 overall on the year and to 1-2 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. American International boosts its overall record to 8-8, having won three out of its first five league contests of the season.
McCarthy led her team with 37 attacks, finding the floor on 10 of those swings. Senior Jewel Hays (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) set up 23 of her team's 32 kills – she also recorded a team-leading eight digs, tying with freshman Nique D'Ancona (Larkspur, Calif.).
A slow start to the match doomed the Hawks chances of a first set victory, trailing by a 7-1 margin through the first eight points. The hosts hammered home a match-high 17 kills in the first set alone, rattling off five-straight kills to begin play before a bad set handed the Hawks their first point.
An 8-2 lead by American International would grow to 13 points as the second set ended. The Yellow Jackets ended the stanza on a 7-0 run, overwhelming the Hawks with three service aces and four kills to propel them to a 2-0 match lead.
Saint Anselm took its first lead of the day with a Yellow Jackets attacking error to open the third set. The visitors would eventually take an 18-17 lead later in the set and force a tied score, 22-22, following a McCarthy kill. At set point, however, the Hawks would let a 24-22 lead slip away as four-straight points by the Yellow Jackets stunned Saint Anselm.
Jana Potic and Diva Rivas-Reyes posted 14 kills for the victors. Dolores Kopren set up 43 of her team's 48 kills and Evelyn Lopez was responsible for 21 digs, leading student-athletes from both sides.