When and Where: October 22, 2016 – Albany, N.Y. (Daniel P. Nolan Gymnasium)
Match 1 Score: College of Saint Rose 3, Southern New Hampshire University 2
Match 2 Score: Long Island University-LIU Post 3, Southern New Hampshire University 0
Records: Saint Rose 9-10 (4-4 NE-10), LIU Post 8-11, SNHU 5-17 (3-6 NE-10)
Senior Victoria Wehrmann (Dallas, Texas) racked up 19 kills in a five-set loss in the opening match Saturday afternoon as the Southern New Hampshire University women's volleyball team suffered a pair of defeats at the College of Saint Rose's Daniel P. Nolan Gymnasium. The Penmen dropped a 3-2 (27-25, 12-25, 20-25, 25-23, 15-10) Northeast-10 decision to Saint Rose and then was swept by Long Island University-LIU Post in non-conference action, 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-10).
In the opening set against Saint Rose, Southern New Hampshire held a 10-8 edge when a 5-0 spurt put the Golden Knights in front, 13-10. The Penmen later responded with a 10-4 rush that included kills from four different players to reclaim the lead at 21-18. Tied at 24, a kill from junior Marisa Coronis (Hudson, N.H.) pushed Saint Rose to the brink, but the Golden Knights hit back with three straight points to take the set and a 1-0 lead in the match.
Southern New Hampshire came out on fire in the second set as kills from five different Penmen, including junior Carolyn Scacchi (Peabody, Mass.), who chimed in with a pair, gave it a 10-2 lead out of the gate. With the margin still eight at 16-8, SNHU ripped off a 7-2 run – with two kills each from Wehrmann and freshman Amanda Costales (Wantagh, N.Y.) – to take a commanding 23-10 lead. Kills from Wehrmann and Costales, sandwiched around one from Saint Rose, evened the match at one.
Set No. 3 was tight most of the way until a 9-3 run from Southern New Hampshire – with two kills each from Wehrmann and freshman Joanne Coffey (Merrimack, N.H.) – opened up a 15-10 advantage for the visitors. Saint Rose came back to knot the set at 18, but the Penmen reeled off seven of the final nine points to go up 2-1.
Saint Rose came out like a team with its back to the wall in the fourth set, taking leads of 4-1, 9-5 and 16-11. Three kills each from Wehrmann and fellow senior Megan Salamun (Scottsdale, Ariz.) powered a 10-5 run for Southern New Hampshire that tied the set at 21. Then with the set tied at 23, a kill for Saint Rose, followed by a SNHU attack error, sent the match to a fifth set.
The Penmen jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the final set, with the Golden Knights eventually tying it at 8-all to begin an 8-2 rush that closed the set and the match.
Wehrmann contributed a team-high 19 kills and seven digs, while Coronis (3 service aces, 5 digs, 1.5 blocks) and Salamun (5 digs, 1.5 blocks) each posted 14 kills. Costales notched eight kills, while Coffey tallied 51 assists, six kills, two service aces and nine digs. Junior Kathleen Schurman (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) collected a match-high 24 digs, with sophomore Shaira Sanabria (Tampa, Fla.) adding 12.
In the opening set against LIU Post, two kills each from Scacchi and Costales staked Southern New Hampshire to an early 8-2 advantage. Six straight points for the Pioneers later in the set tied it at 10 before a 5-0 spurt gave LIU Post a 16-12 lead. A pair of kills from freshman Jaclyn Maguire (Rochester, N.Y.) sliced the SNHU deficit to 24-22, but the Pioneers stopped the bleeding with a kill that put them up 1-0.
LIU Post scored the first four points of the second set and built a 19-10 advantage before an 8-3 rush from Southern New Hampshire pulled it within 22-18. The Pioneers again responded, however, by ripping off the final three points to grab a 2-0 lead in the match.
In set No. 3, the Pioneers jumped out to a 4-1 lead and crafted an 11-4 advantage. After kills from junior Lauren Irvine (Franklin, Mass.) and Maguire, LIU Post reeled off five straight points as part of a 14-4 landslide that ended the match.
Maguire (6 digs) and Costales each led the way, offensively, with eight kills. Coffey dished 21 assists and recorded seven digs, while Sanabria collected nine digs.
-In the Saint Rose match, Coffey recorded her 683rd assist of the season to pass current interim head coach Catherine Cotton (2012) for most assists in a season by a Southern New Hampshire freshman.
-The Penmen outhit Saint Rose in the middle three sets and held a .246-.205 advantage, overall.
-LIU Post outhit Southern New Hampshire in all three sets, as well as .223-.090 for the match.
The Penmen return to action Saturday, Oct. 29 (1 p.m.) when they play host to the University of New Haven at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
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