Volleyball splits five-setters to open Hawks Invitational

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College volleyball team split a pair of five-set matches to open its showing at its home tournament, downing Assumption and falling to Edinboro on Friday at the Hawks Invitational at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.

Saint Anselm 3, Assumption 2 | Box

Katy Teets hammered 26 kills, two shy of the most in a match by a Saint Anselm player since 2002, as Saint Anselm held off Assumption 25-23, 13-25, 25-22, 20-25, 15-9 in its first match of the day. The Hawks won the final four points of the match and hit .400 without an error in the decider.

On her way to a career-best 26 kills, Teets hit .269 on 67 attempts and also pitched in with eight digs. Catherine McCarthy was also in double figures in kills, finishing with 11, to go with 11 digs for a double-double. Jewel Hays also registered a double-double of 47 assists and 17 digs, while Danielle Isbell made a career-high 24 digs.

Kellie Smith paced the Greyhounds with 21 kills and 13 digs. She was joined in double figures in kills by Julia Goyette with 14 and Olivia Burke with 12. Goyette had a match-high six block assists along with one solo block. Kiki Romanik tallied 45 assists and 12 digs, with Maria Chrisom recording 24 digs and seven assists.

Saint Anselm took an early 6-4 lead in the first set before Assumption went on a 6-1 run to go ahead. The Greyhounds held onto the lead until a 3-0 run that included two kills by Sollows evened things at 17-17. A run of three-straight points on Teets' serve late in the set again tied the score at 22-22 and kills from Manchester and Williams gave the Hawks set point. After an Assumption timeout, an ace from Lai gave Saint Anselm the opener, 25-23, after a set that included six ties and three lead changes.

Assumption built an 11-6 lead in set two behind two early kills each from Julia Goyette and Kellie Smith. The Hawks got within 11-8 out of a timeout before the Greyhounds began to pull away. The three-point deficit was as close as Saint Anselm would get the rest of the way, as Assumption leveled the match by taking the second, 25-13, behind a .333 attack percentage in the set.

In the third, Saint Anselm used a 5-0 run to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 7-4 lead alternating kills from McCarthy, Williams and Sollows with Assumption errors. The Greyhounds tied it up at 17-17 before the visitors were forced to call a couple quick timeouts late in the set due to a 4-0 run highlighted by a pair of kills from Teets. The Hawks held on to take the third 25-22 and go up two sets to one as Teets tallied 10 kills on 18 swings with just one error in the set.

Assumption's early 3-0 lead was the only advantage larger than two in the fourth until the Greyhounds went ahead 13-8 after a quick 3-0 run. The run continued out of the timeout as Assumption took a 15-8 lead before back-to-back kills from Teets put an end to the run. The Hawks cut their deficit to two, 15-13, after winning five in a row, but the Greyhounds pulled away late to send the match the distance.

Smith opened the fifth with back-to-back kills for Assumption, which led 4-2 before a 4-0 run for the Hawks prompted a timeout by the Greyhounds. Saint Anselm led 8-6 at the side switch and stretched its lead to 10-6 shortly thereafter. Assumption trimmed an 11-7 deficit to 11-9 but Saint Anselm closed out the win by winning the final four points.

Edinboro 3, Saint Anselm 2 | Box

In the nightcap, Edinboro (5-1) outlasted Saint Anselm (2-4) in five sets, 21-25, 25-21, 25-21, 22-25, 15-11, as Jill Glover, Cierah Jackson and Challen Litwiler combined for 44 kills for the Fighting Scots. McCarthy matched her career-high with 17 kills, her fourth-straight match in double figures, to lead the Hawks.

Jackson had 17 kills, Glover had 14 and Litwiler tallied 13 with a team-best 21 digs to pace Edinboro, which also got a double-double of 47 assists and 11 digs from Sydney Trathen. McCarthy was the lone Saint Anselm player in double digits in kills and also had eight digs. Isbell registered 22 digs defensively, Hays had 33 assists and eight digs and Teets added eight kills, 10 digs and five aces for the Hawks.

After Edinboro won the first point, Saint Anselm rattled off nine in a row behind the Teets serve, including three aces by the senior. The Fighting Scots regrouped after a timeout and won seven-straight points as part of a 10-1 stretch to take an 11-10 advantage. After finding themselves behind, the Hawks came back with seven consecutive points of their own, including three McCarthy kills, to reclaim the lead in a seesaw first set at 17-11. The Hawks held off a late rally by the Fighting Scots to take the opener 25-21, led by McCarthy's six kills in the set.

Edinboro established an 11-6 lead in the second before back-to-back kills from Amanda Bickford and one from McCarthy made it just a two-point edge. The Hawks got within a single point four times but could not get even as the Fighting Scots went on to even the match at a set apiece, taking the second 25-21.

Like the first set, the Hawks got out to a quick lead in the third behind the Teets serve, but the visitors erased a 5-1 deficit with four-straight to tie it. Saint Anselm quickly regained the lead on Isbell's serve only for Edinboro to get in front 14-13 at a Saint Anselm timeout. With the Fighting Scots up 18-14, the Hawks evened it up at 18-18 only for Edinboro to win five in a row and take a lead it would not give up, as the visitors went up two sets to one.

Edinboro led 15-10 in the fourth set before Saint Anselm rallied and to take a 19-17 lead after a 9-2 run. The Fighting Scots managed to tie the set at 21-21 late on but the Hawks won four of the last five points to send the match to the fifth. Amanda Bickford was in on a couple blocks, one with Manchester and one with Sollows late in the set.

In the decider, the Fighting Scots outhit the Hawks .240 to .087 to take the match in five. Edinboro claimed a 9-4 lead before Saint Anselm climbed to within 11-9 after a kill by Teets. However, the visitors came back with kills from Jackson and Glover to reclaim a four-point edge and Glover later closed out the match with her 14th kill of the match.

Saint Anselm is back at it on day two of the tournament on Saturday, Sept. 9, taking on Bentley and Nyack at 2:30 and 7 p.m.