MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's volleyball squad earned its first home victory in program history over the University of New Haven on Friday night at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
The Hawks defeated the Chargers, a perennial power in the region, for only the fourth time in program history, earning the straight set victory by scores of 25-22, 25-21 and 25-23. Saint Anselm has now won eight of its past 10 matches and improve to a 16-8 overall record (6-2 in Northeast-10 Conference play). New Haven fell to 13-7 on the year while matching the Hawks with a 6-2 mark in NE10 contests.
On her birthday, junior Elise Jolly (Merrimack, N.H.) registered a team-high 11 kills in the winning effort. Freshman Michelle Henwood (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) assisted 25 kills and three Hawks student-athletes recorded 10 or more digs on the day. Freshman Caroline Belmontez (San Diego, Calif.) finished the day with a team-high 16.
The Hawks jumped out to an early 12-6 lead thanks to two kills each by junior Holly Manchester (Lodi, Wis.) and sophomore Nique D'Ancona (Corte Madera, Calif.). The Chargers erased the Saint Anselm lead and tied the first set at 16. Senior Madison Sollows (Barnstable, Mass.) sent home two kills in a Hawks 5-0 run, giving Saint Anselm a 21-16 advantage. New Haven charged back to bring the set to a two-point margin at 24-22. The Hawks captured the opening set, 25-22, by a bad set from Angela Chan on match point.
In the second, Saint Anselm held onto a slim 13-12 advantage before recording four straight points. Senior Catie McCarthy (Warrenton, Va.) and Jolly recorded kills in the process and make it 17-12. The second set would go back and forth until McCarthy finished with two consecutive kills, earning Saint Anselm a 25-21 second set victory.
Two kills from junior Jordan Schamp (Plymouth, Mich.) capped off a 13-7 run for the Hawks to start the third set. New Haven would even the score at 13 before the Hawks crept out to a 19-16 advantage following a Jolly kill.
With the Hawks holding 22-18 lead, New Haven fought back to earn four straight points, tying the set at 22. The Hawks earned three of final four points to secure the 25-23 victory.
Mallory Nowicki led the Chargers with 11 kills. Sammie Paguia posted 17 assists while Julia Guarniere had 17 digs.
The Hawks return to Stoutenburgh Gymnasium for their next matchup against Southern Conn. St. on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m.
Photo Courtesy of Jeff Romance