Women's Volleyball Concludes Season with Pair of NE10 Setbacks

Women's Volleyball Concludes Season with Pair of NE10 Setbacks

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y./GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team wrapped its 2021 season with a pair of setbacks on Saturday during Northeast-10 Conference play. The Purple Knights lost to Pace University, 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-17), at Goldstein Health, Fitness & Recreation Center during the early afternoon before suffering a season-ending 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-9) defeat at regionally-ranked Adelphi University in the early evening at the Center for Recreation and Sport. Adelphi is ninth in the latest NCAA East Region rankings.

The Purple Knights opposed two NE10 foes for the first time in the same day since Sept. 13, 2009, when they faced Assumption University and host Saint Anselm College for a pair of non-conference contests, and played two NE10 matches for the first time since hosting Pace and Southern Connecticut State University on Nov. 5, 2005. However, Saint Michael's had never played two league contests at different sites in the same day.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (1-15, 0-12 NE10), Pace (2-19, 1-12 NE10), Adelphi (17-11, 6-7 NE10)

Pace Match
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Junior Brielle Jones, 15 kills
  • Sophomore Cydney Gardner, 12 kills
  • Senior Leonarda Uljic, 20 assists, 4 aces
  • Senior Emily Cockell, 17 digs, 7 assists
  • First-year Abby Robertson, 6 blocks

MATCH FACTS

  • Pace held a slim 44-40 edge in digs.

THE ACTION

  • Saint Michael's led 6-3 in the opening set after Curley's kill before the teams played through five ensuing ties. Pace used a 9-2 run, keyed by two kills and a block from Jones, to take a 16-10 lead, and the visitors never again trailed by fewer than five points.
  • Curley's kill had the Purple Knights up 7-2 in set No. 2, and another Curley kill had her team in front 10-7. Two aces and a kill from Jones amid a 13-2 run helped the Setters go up 20-12, and they still led 22-14 before a late Saint Michael's push. Back-to-back Cruz aces cut the deficit to five, and O'Connor's kill made it 24-20 before sophomore Madisen Lupica came up with the clinching kill.
  • Báez Rentas' kill had the Purple and Gold up 6-5 in the third set before Robertson's two kills and one block highlighted an 8-0 run. Curley's ace rallied Saint Michael's within 15-12, capping a 5-1 run, before Gardner had two kills and Uljic two aces in a 5-0 response. The visitors never again trailed by fewer than five points.

Adelphi Match
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • O'Connor, 6 kills
  • Gallagher, 4 kills, 5 digs
  • Báez Rentas, 13 assists, 10 digs
  • Wright, 12 digs
  • Krause, 7 assists
  • Huihui-Martinez, 6 digs
  • Junior Brigid Heinrich (Syracuse, N.Y./Westhill), 7 kills
  • Junior Beth Syverson (Huntington, Vt./Mount Mansfield Union/Emmanuel [Mass.]), 4 kills

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • First-year Delaney Kiendra, 11 kills, .476 hitting
  • Junior Katie Schloss, 8 kills, 10 digs
  • Senior Grace Wegmann, 33 assists
  • Senior Jamie Yonker, 14 digs

MATCH FACTS

  • Báez Rentas led the Purple Knights in assists (173) and digs (164) this season. Since complete statistics became available in the early 1990s, only Val Phillips '01, as a first-year in 1997, turned that feat over an entire season.
  • The Purple Knights actually took more attacks, 101-92, and were edged just 49-41 in digs.

THE ACTION

  • Thanks to kills by three players and an ace from Huihui-Martinez, the Purple Knights forged a 7-3 lead in the first set and were still up 14-10 after O'Connor dropped a kill. However, two kills from Kiendra and a pair of aces by first-year Jaydin Nowak came amid an 8-0 run. Saint Michael's rallied within three points on three occasions, including at 20-17 after Curley's kill, but five of the final six points went to the Panthers.
  • Wegmann dropped two aces during a 4-0 start to set No. 2, as Adelphi ultimately led 13-7 on another Wegmann ace, but four Purple Knights had kills in a 7-2 response, as they trailed just 15-14 on Curley's kill. The hosts slowly pulled away, scoring 10 of the final 14 points.
  • Five errors and two Kiendra kills helped Adelphi lead 7-1 in the third set en route to a 10-3 lead on another Kiendra kill. Curley's kill made it 11-6, but the Panthers scored 14 of the final 17 points.