MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's volleyball team dropped a five-set match to the College of Saint Rose on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference play from Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
The Hawks fall to 12-8 on the year overall and 4-4 in NE10 action, while the Golden Knights improve to 13-8 and 4-3 in conference play.
Saint Anselm, who fell by set scores of 21-25, 25-15, 22-25, 29-27, and 15-17, were limited to a .151 hitting percentage, making 28 attack errors in the match.
With her 17th assist of the match, Saint Anselm senior Jewel Hays (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) eclipsed the career total of Kathleen McCarthy '07 who posted 3,338 career assists in 416 sets played. Hays finished the day with 3,370 career assists in only 360 sets of action since joining the Hawks prior to the 2015 season. Earlier this season, she became only the third student-athlete in program history to reach 3,000 career helpers. Hays finished the day with 48 assists.
Senior Sarah Lowery (Chicago, Ill.) posted a team-high 12 kills in the match for the Hawks, with junior Catie McCarthy (Broad Run, Va.) and sophomore Elise Jolly (Merrimack, N.H.) each adding in 11. Sophomore Holly Manchester (Lodi, Wis.) tallied nine kills and owned a team-high .471 hitting percentage.
Senior Gianna Bowman (Phoenix, Ariz.) had 23 digs to lead the team. Jolly also had four block assists in the match.
Saint Rose quickly built a 9-4 lead in the opening set before the Hawks brought it to within three points at 14-11. The closest Saint Anselm got for the remainder of the set was on a kill by Jolly to make it 19-18 in favor of the Golden Knights. However, Saint Rose used a strong offensive attack to close out the set.
The second set was a completely different story. Saint Anselm pulled away 13-4 and then 22-10, never looking behind them for the 25-15 set win. The Hawks used an impressive .286 hitting percentage in the set and limited themselves to just three errors.
The third set was close, with the largest margin of deficit being five early at 9-4 in favor of the visitors. The Golden Knights never gave up the lead until the Hawks took an 18-17 lead on an ace by McCarthy. However, that lead was short lived, as Saint Rose regained the lead and closed out the set.
During the fourth set, the Hawks led 17-10. With Saint Anselm leading 25-24, the Golden Knights tied the set, before taking the lead. A kill by Jolly, followed by a ball handling error by Saint Rose, gave Saint Anselm a 27-26 lead. Back-to-back attacking errors gave the home team the 29-27 set win.
The Hawks built an 8-4 lead in the final set. A service ace tied the set at nine by the Golden Knights, before the visiting team took at 14-10 lead. Saint Anselm stormed back for five straight points to take a 15-14 advantage. However, Saint Rose won the match on the next three points.
Saint Anselm travels to Garden City, N.Y. on Friday night for conference match against the Panthers of Adelphi University at 7 p.m.