MANCHESTER, N.H.– The Saint Anselm College women's volleyball team snapped a 14-match losing skid to the Dolphins of Le Moyne College, posting a straight set victory on Friday night in Northeast-10 Conference action from Stoutenburgh Gymnasium. The last win by Saint Anselm over Le Moyne came during the 2003 season.
The set scores were 25-16, 25-18, and 25-17 in favor of the home team. The win improves the Hawks to 12-7 overall and 4-3 in NE10 play, while extending their win streak to three matches. The loss for the Dolphins drops them to 9-8 overall and 1-6 in league play.
Senior Jewel Hays (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) recorded 42 assists, passing Natalie Steinwart '15 to hold sole possession of second place all-time with 3,322 career assists. She needs only 17 assists to become the program's all-time leader in that statistic, passing Kathleen McCarthy '07 who racked up 3,338 helpers from 2003 to 2006.
The Hawks were led by sophomore Elise Jolly (Merrimack, N.H.) who had a career-high 15 kills. Senior Sarah Lowery (Chicago, Ill.) and junior Catie McCarthy (Broad Run, Va.) each contributed 12 kills. McCarthy had a team-high 14 digs in the match. The Hawks 48 assists in a three-set match were the most since 2004.
Saint Anselm built an early lead in the opening set, leading 8-3 at one point and then 13-8. The home team pulled away, scoring seven of the next nine points of the set for a 20-13 lead before finishing off the Dolphins to close out the set. The Hawks committed just one attacking error in the set, with a hitting percentage of .405.
The second set was evenly matched as it was tied twice before the Dolphins took their first lead at 9-8. However, the Hawks scored the next five points to jump ahead 14-9 before the teams traded points back and forth. A kill by Lowery ended the set.
The third set was similar to the second. Neither team was able to pull away and Le Moyne took a 9-6 lead, the largest of the night for the visiting team. The Hawks would rally for seven-straight points, capturing a 13-9 lead sparked by a strong stretch of serving by Hays. The closest Le Moyne got was within two at 13-11, but the home team pulled away.
Junior Madison Sollows (West Barnstable, Mass.) had three block assists on the night for the Hawks while Jolly had two. Hays also had 12 digs on defense, completing the double-double. Saint Anselm had a 6-2 edge in service aces, and held its opponent to a .126 hitting percentage in the match.
Saint Anselm has a quick turnaround as the Hawks host the Golden Knights from The College of Saint Rose at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13.