MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior tri-captain Jewel Hays (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) of the Saint Anselm College women's volleyball team became the third student-athlete in program history to reach 3,000 career assists, doing so during Friday's 3-0 loss to Edinboro University.
The Hawks fall to 5-4 overall as the Fighting Scots improve to 6-2 after handing the hosts the straight-set loss via scores of 25-18, 30-28 and 25-21. The Hawks continue a five-match home stretch on Saturday, taking on the Setters from Pace University and the Mavericks from Mercy College.
Hays recorded 33 assists on the night, bringing her career total to 3,023 to join Kathleen McCarthy '07 and Natalie Steinwart '15 as the only two in Hawks history to surpass 3,000 career assists. She currently leads the Northeast-10 Conference in assists per set (10.7) and has 57 more assists than the second-ranked setter in the league (353) to date.
Junior Madison Sollows (West Barnstable, Mass.) tallied 11 kills and only two attacking errors. Over her last three matches, Sollows is hitting above .500 with 37 kills on 61 attacks. Hays and junior Catie McCarthy (Broad Run, Va.) tied for the team-high six digs in the match.
Despite being down by a 22-10 score late in the first set, the Hawks ended strong by scoring eight of the final 11 points of the frame. Edinboro was able to lock down the opening set victory, using four-straight kills from senior Megan Screptock to extinguish the Saint Anselm rally.
In the second stanza, the home team maintained an 11-8 lead but eight-straight Edinboro points created a sizeable lead to overcome. The Hawks did manage to rally back, capturing a 27-26 lead following a McCarthy kill. The teams traded points before back-to-back Edinboro kills created a 2-0 match lead, winning the set by a 30-28 score.
Tied at seven in the third set, Edinboro would pull away and use 19 kills on 34 attacks (19-2-34, .500) to counter a strong Saint Anselm attack that produced 11 kills and only one attacking error. The lead for Edinboro was as small as three points at 23-20, but two-straight kills ended the match.
Freshman setter Alicia Eldredge had a team-high 41 assists during the match for the Fighting Scots. Screptock recorded 15 kills and just one attacking error.