WORCESTER, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College women's volleyball team swept Assumption College, 3-0, in Northeast-10 Conference action on Tuesday night.
Saint Anselm improves to 5-2 on the season against Northeast-10 Conference opponents and to 15-8 overall. Assumption finds itself with a 1-8 league mark, falling to 3-17 on the year. The Hawks, winners of 15 of their last 18 matches, won by straight set scores of 25-16, 25-12 and 25-17.
Junior Jordan Schamp (Plymouth, Mich.) hammered home a team-high 10 kills and 10 digs in the winning effort. Freshman Caroline Belmontez (San Diego, Calif.) posted a team-high 12 digs. Freshman Michelle Henwood (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) set up 16 of her team's 36 kills in the match.
On the day, Saint Anselm outmuscled the Greyhounds in kills (36-to-18) and posted 46 digs to oppose 33 by Assumption.
The Hawks jumped out to a 13-5 lead after two Catie McCarthy (Warrenton, Va.) kills. Assumption would trim the deficit to seven, 17-10, with three straight points. Saint Anselm responded and went on a 5-0 run with two kills coming from Schamp. That would give the Hawks their largest lead in the first set with a 22-10 advantage. The Hawks would eventually go onto win, 25-16, in the opening set, capped by a junior Elise Jolly (Merrimack, N.H.) kill.
Similar to the first set, the Hawks controlled the second set early with a 11-2 lead following two service aces by Belmontez. Also in that span, Schamp recorded three kills. Later, the Hawks kept the pressure going and increased their lead to 22-7 after four straight Hawks points. Saint Anselm wrapped up the second set with kills by Jolly, McCarthy and freshman Kam Blaskey (Ventura, Calif.).
After the third set was tied at 11, the Hawks generated a 9-2 charge which provided Saint Anselm a 20-13 lead. In that span, Jolly knocked down three kills while freshman Lois Dogbe (Winchester, Calif.) had two of her own. The visitors closed the third set and secured the sweep with a 25-17 victory.
Assumption was led by six kill performances by Waylin Walls Parker. Danielle Zarcone handed out 15 assists with Alexandra Krawczyk logging 12 digs in the hosts' three set loss.
The Hawks return to the Hilltop for a crucial conference battle against New Haven on Friday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. This is a rematch of last year's first round match in the NCAA Division II Championship where the Chargers defeated the Hawks in five sets.