Women's volleyball drops five-set thriller to Adelphi

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – The Saint Anselm College women's volleyball team fell to Adelphi University, 3-2, on Friday night in Northeast-10 action from the Center for Recreation and Sport.

Box Score

The set scores were 25-21, 19-25, 26-28, 25-17, and 15-8 for the Panthers. The Hawks fall to 12-9 overall and 4-5 in league play, while Adelphi improves to 19-5 and 8-2 in NE10 action.

Senior Jewel Hays (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) had 11 digs in the match, which brought her career total to 900. She became the 11th student-athlete in program history to accomplish that milestone.

The Hawks offense was led by junior Catie McCarthy (Broad Run, Va.), who had 10 kills and 12 digs. Senior Sarah Lowery (Chicago, Ill.) notched nine kills and 10 digs, along with two service aces. Hays contributed with 38 assists while freshman Nique D'Ancona (Larkspur, Calif.) also had 11 digs on the night.

Adelphi was lead by Sara Bisbe, who had a match high of 18 kills to go along with 10 digs. McKenna Clawson had 13 kills and 10 digs while Grace Wegmann had 40 assists. Katarina Warburton had a team-high 26 digs on the night.

The Hawks took the first set, thanks largely to the 10 attack errors that the Panthers committed. After building an 8-3 lead, Adelphi battled back and eventually took a 14-13 lead. The teams traded points back and forth and were tied at 18-18, 19-19, and 20-20. However, four attack errors and a service error gave the set to Saint Anselm.

The Panthers answered in the second set using a hitting percentage of .370 and limiting their errors to just four. The home team held Saint Anselm to a low .133 percentage. It was a close set early on, but Adelphi never trailed and pulled away after the set was tied at six. The Hawks brought it back within a point, trailing 16-15, but the Panthers held on for the 25-19 win.

The third set was all Adelphi early on. The Panthers built an 18-6 lead. However, the Hawks would not go quietly. They cut the lead to five on five separate occasions, before battling back and evening things at 23. The set was tied again at 24, 25, and 26 before the Panthers took the set on a kill and an attacking error.

In the fourth set, it was Saint Anselm that had a strong start. The Hawks had an early lead, which helped build a 15-9 lead. After the Panthers cut into the lead with two straight points, Saint Anselm went back up by six again. The Hawks used a .375 hitting percentage and 15 kills to take the fourth set by a decisive 25-17 score.

The teams battled in the fifth set, and were tied at six. However, the Panthers scored nine of the next 11 points to take the set and match. 

The Hawks wrap up their trip on Long Island with a 2 p.m. non-conference matchup with the LIU Post Pioneers tomorrow afternoon.