Saint Anselm Squeaks Past Women’s Volleyball in Five-Set NE10 Opener

BOX SCORE

When and Where: September 19, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Fieldhouse)
Score: Saint Anselm College 3, Southern New Hampshire University 2
Records: Saint Anselm 7-4 (1-0 NE10), SNHU 2-6 (0-1 NE10)

Senior Marisa Coronis (Hudson, N.H.) hammered out a career-high 24 kills, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's volleyball team fell to crosstown-rival Saint Anselm College, 3-2 (22-25, 25-20, 25-22, 20-25, 15-13), in a down-to-the-wire affair Tuesday night in both its home and Northeast-10 opener at the SNHU Fieldhouse.

Saint Anselm jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening set and led 17-13 when an 8-3 run – with a pair of kills from Coronis, leapfrogged Southern New Hampshire in front at 21-20. The visitors than went ahead, 22-21, but the Penmen answered with four straight points, including a set-clinching kill from Coronis, to go up 1-0 in the match.

With set No. 2 knotted at 17, a 5-1 spurt gave Saint Anselm a 22-18 advantage. A Coronis kill trimmed the SNHU deficit to three, but the Hawks pushed the Penmen to the brink with two more points that nudged the lead to 24-19. A service error kept Southern New Hampshire alive, but only for one play as an attack error evened the match, 1-1.

Saint Anselm scored the first five points of the third set and opened a commanding 9-2 advantage when another 8-3 run, buoyed by four serves from senior Kathleen Schurman (Burnt Hills, N.Y.), slashed the Southern New Hampshire deficit to 12-10. The Hawks stopped the bleeding with four straight points, but eight straight points catapulted SNHU in front, 18-16. Junior Priscila Castro (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) served eight times during the run, notching a trio of service aces, while Coronis tacked on two kills. Saint Anselm, however, would respond with a 9-4 set-closing run to go ahead, 2-1 in the match.

Leading, 9-8, in the fourth set, Saint Anselm would open a six-point advantage with a 6-1 spurt. SNHU would hit back in a big way, going on a 9-2 run – powered by three Coronis kills – to move ahead, 18-16. After the Hawks tied the match at 18-all, two kills from Coronis and fellow senior Carolyn Scacchi (Peabody, Mass.) would highlight a 7-2 blitz that ended the stanza and sent the match to a deciding fifth set.

Two service aces from sophomore Amanda Costales (Wantagh, N.Y.) and a kill from Coronis staked the Penmen to a 5-0 lead, but Saint Anselm roared back with a 13-3 downpour that gave it a 13-8 lead. Kills from junior Jessica Dillon (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) and Costales sparked a 5-1 run that pulled the Penmen within 14-13, but a service error gave Saint Anselm the match.

Coronis, who notched seven of her 24 kills in both the first and fourth sets, also collected 15 digs and a pair of service aces. Castro added nine kills, 24 digs and five service aces, while Costales posted eight kills, three service aces and five blocks. Dillon compiled 43 assists and 14 digs, with Schurman and junior Shaira Sanabria (Bayamon, Puerto Rico) tallying 16 and 12 digs, respectively. Sophomore Jaclyn Maguire (Rochester, N.Y.) chimed in with seven kills. 

Notes:
-The 24 kills for Coronis were her most since posting 21 against Adelphi University on Oct. 25, 2014, as well as the most for a Penmen since Oct. 2, 2005, when Brittany Porter totaled 27 against Franklin Pierce University.
-Southern New Hampshire outhit Saint Anselm in both the first and fourth sets, but the Hawks turned in a higher, overall, hitting mark at .175-.148.
-Saint Anselm trims its deficit in the Queen City Cup standings, as SNHU now leads, 4-3, in the battle for Manchester supremacy.

Up Next:
The Penmen return to action Saturday, Sept. 23 (12 p.m.) when they take on Assumption College. SNHU is back home Tuesday, Sept. 26 (7 p.m.) when it plays host to Merrimack College at the Fieldhouse. 

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