Stonehill Struggles At Saint Rose, 3-0

Senior libero Jessica Frankowski registered the 1000th dig of her career in Stonehill's 3-0 loss at Saint Rose today.

Skyhawks will open up NE-10 Tournament on Tuesday at Bentley

ALBANY, N.Y. (November 16, 2013) – The Stonehill College volleyball team wrapped up its 2013 regular season with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-21) defeat at The College of Saint Rose this afternoon in Northeast-10 action at Nolan Gymnasium. With the loss, Stonehill earns the sixth seed in the upcoming NE-10 Tournament, and the Skyhawks will take on the third seeded Bentley University Falcons in Waltham on Tuesday.

Sophomore outside hitter Delia Phillips (St. James, N.Y./Smithtown East) and junior middle blocker Mary-Kate Catton (San Deigo, Calif./Academy of Our Lady of Peace) paced Stonehill's offense today with 11 kills each, while Phillips also added ten digs for her 14th double-double of the season. With her 11 kill effort, Phillips is now just one shy of 500 kills in her career.

Senior libero Jessica Frankowski (Unionville, Conn./Farmington) entered today's action needing only four digs to reach 1000 in her career, and she accomplished that feat by posting a team-best 12 digs.

Saint Rose was led offensively by senior middle hitter Alex Gagliano (Cornwall, N.Y./Cornwall), sophomore outside hitter Kelsey Lace (Glendale, R.I./Mount Saint Charles), and sophomore right side hitter Carissa Dube (Milford, Pa./Delaware Valley). Gagliago led all Golden Knights players with 10 kills, while Lace and Dube each recorded nine. Lace also added six digs, two service aces and four blocks, while Gagliano hit .474 and contributed a team-best five blocks.

Saint Rose's Ariana Wilson (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Arlington) and Tori Daniels (South Hadley, Mass./Frontier Regional) combined for 35 assists, while Stonehill junior setter Emily Iverson (Elmhurst, Ill./York) tallied 30 to lead all players.

Stonehill struggled throughout the match, hitting .182 in the opening set, .158 in the middle frame, and .143 in the third set, for a .156 average in the match. Saint Rose, on the other hand, hit .284 as a team, including .308 in the first set, .375 in the second, and .205 in the third frame.

Stonehill (17-13, 9-5 NE-10) will be back in action on Tuesday night in the first round of the NE-10 Tournament at Bentley. The Skyhawks will be looking to avenge their November 12th loss to Bentley at Merkert Gym, in which Stonehill led 24-18 in the fourth set, before the Falcons stormed back to deal the Skyhawks their toughest loss of 2013.

Saint Rose (19-4, 11-3 NE-10), which has earned the second seed in the NE-10 Tournament, will host seventh seeded Merrimack College on Tuesday night at Nolan Gymnasium.

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