Skyhawks take first set against the Golden Knights but unable to fight past
Poveda tallied a match high three aces and 15 digs
EASTON, Massachusetts (October 23, 2018) – The Stonehill College women's volleyball was defeated in four sets, 3-1, by Northeast-10 Conference rival the College of Saint Rose on Saturday, October 26 at Merkert Gymnasium with set scores of 25-22, 16-25, 22-25, and 19-25.
For the Skyhawks (10-9, 6-5 NE10), Allyson Hughes (Modesto, California/Big Valley Christian) led the team with 11 kills, as Megan Pennino (Wantagh, New York/Wantagh) was next in line with 10 kills. Sophomore Sophia Poveda (Miami, Florida/Westminster Christian School) registered 15 digs and three aces to lead the match, while freshman Carly Russell (Warrensburg, Missouri/Warrensburg) contributed 13 digs. Junior Rachel Dunlavy (Brighton, Michigan/Father Gabriel Richard) tallied her 15th match with double-digit digs this season, totaling 22 for a career high, while senior Ruby Moreland (Minneapolis, Minnesota/Hopkins) matched her career-high of four blocks for the fourth time in her career.
Stonehill kicked off the match with a one-point advantage in the first set, 3-2, but Saint Rose quickly gained momentum with an 11-8 lead. The Skyhawks tied up the frame twice, 12-12, as they scored six-straight points to open the lead to five, in favor of Stonehill, 17-12. Stonehill did not let Saint Rose get ahead in the remaining points, as they tried to fight back with a 10-6 run, 22-23. Stonehill closed the frame with two points taking the first game 25-22.
Hughes led the team with 11 kills
The second set saw the Golden Knights' highest hitting percentage of the night, .393, as the Skyhawks saw its second best hitting clip, .129. Stonehill held onto a one point lead, 4-3, but Saint Rose scored nine-straight points to take an eight-point lead, 12-4. The Skyhawks came within four, 14-10, but the Golden Knights finished the frame with an 11-6 lead for a 25-16 first set victory, tying the match at one a piece.
Stonehill quickly went down in the third set, as the Pioneers saw a nine-point advantage, 14-5, and Stonehill came within one, 21-22, before the Skyhawks could find any tempo and the Pioneers withstood Stonehill, 25-22.
LIU Post fell 2-0 in the fourth game, 0-2, but scored six-straight points for a four-point advantage under Tina Ceriello's serve, 6-2. Following the run, neither team was able to go on another one as play toggled back and forth and Stonehill saw one two-point run while the Pioneers registered the final two points of the game, 25-19, for match point.
Stonehill will host its final regular season home match of the season tomorrow, Saturday, October 27 against Le Moyne College with a start time of 2:00 p.m., as the Skyhawks will recognize their three seniors prior to the match. Also, during the month of October, the Skyhawks will be collecting donations for the Side-Out Foundation to help fund breast cancer education and cutting edge research and treatment. If you would like to donate, please click here to access the Stonehill Volleyball Side-Out Foundation Campaign.
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