MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's volleyball used a balanced offensive attack to defeat Assumption College in straight sets on Saturday afternoon from Stoutenburgh Gymnasium in Northeast-10 Conference play.
The Hawks, who matched their longest winning streak of the season with four-consecutive victories, won the three-setter via scores of 25-20, 25-14, and 25-11. Saint Anselm improves to 16-9 overall and 7-4 in league play. The Greyhounds fall to 3-16 and 3-10 in NE10 action.
Senior Sarah Lowery (Chicago, Ill.) produced a double-double with 10 kills and 13 digs while sophomore Elise Jolly (Merrimack, N.H.) had six kills. Senior Kate Peters (Prescott, Ariz.) and junior Catie McCarthy (Broad Run, Va.) each had five kills and three digs. Senior Jewel Hays (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) picked up 32 assists while classmate Gianna Bowman (Phoenix, Ariz.) had 14 digs.
The first set was close early before the Hawks built a 7-3 lead on a pair of service aces by junior Madison Sollows (West Barnstable, Mass.). Assumption crawled back in and tied the set at 10 before Saint Anselm rattled off three consecutive points for a 13-10 lead. The teams traded points back and forth, but the Hawks maintained a five-point lead that would not get any smaller for the rest of the set.
The Hawks cruised in the second set with 14 kills while limiting the opponent to a .069 hitting percentage. After a close score early on, Saint Anselm pulled away after leading 16-14 and benefited from some errors by Assumption along with solid serves to break off nine unanswered points.
In the third set, the Hawks used a .417 hitting percentage while forcing the Greyhounds to a -.083 percentage with seven errors. Saint Anselm built an early lead, never trailing in the final set and took over after the Greyhounds were within four points.
The Hawks travel to New Haven, Conn. on Friday, Nov. 2 to take on the Owls from Southern Connecticut State University in a 7 p.m. NE10 matchup.