Volleyball marches past Stonehill, 3-1

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The offense for the Saint Anselm College women's volleyball team was firing on all cylinders on Saturday, committing a season-low nine attacking errors in a four-set victory over Stonehill College.

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The Hawks improve to 11-7 overall on the season, winning their third Northeast-10 Conference match in six tries via set scores of 25-20, 22-25, 25-15 and 25-21. Stonehill, defeated by Saint Anselm in the season-opener by the same score, drops to 8-6 overall and to 4-2 against league opponents.

Junior Catie McCarthy (Broad Run, Va.) and senior Sarah Lowery (Chicago, Ill.) each posted 12 kills to lead the Hawks. Lowery set a personal single-match high by hitting .400, posting 12 kills on 30 errorless swings. Senior Jewel Hays (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) set up 42 of her team's 48 kills while senior Gianna Bowman (Phoenix, Ariz.) was responsible for a career-high 16 digs.

The Hawks built up a 17-9 lead in the first set, eventually capturing a 25-20 victory after sophomore Elise Jolly (Merrimack, N.H.) built up a match-high four kills in the opener. In the second stanza, Saint Anselm led by a 22-20 margin before five-straight Skyhawks points knotted the match at one.

Down by a 2-0 margin early in the third set, Lowery served her team to five-straight points and added a service ace during that stretch. She matched McCarthy on the match with four service aces, both of whom set a career high in that statistic. The Hawks would finish the set on an 8-3 run, capturing a 2-1 match lead.

The Hawks took full control of the outcome in the fourth set, overcoming a five-point deficit late to win the match, 3-1. Down by a 19-14 score, Saint Anselm rattled off eight-straight points to take a 22-19 lead that would be maintained down the stretch. In total, the Hawks posted 11 of the game's final 13 points to clinch the win.

Defensively, the Hawks threw up 22 block assists as junior Madison Sollows (West Barnstable, Mass.) equaled a career-high mark with six to her credit. Lowery, who finished the day with exactly 250 career sets played, assisted with five blocks, including two in her team's final three points of the contest.

Allyson Hughes posted 20 kills while Lauren Wilke handed out 36 assists. Sophia Poveda was responsible for 13 of her team's 57 digs.