When and Where: September 30, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Fieldhouse)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 3, Saint Michael's College 0
Records: SNHU 3-8 (1-3 NE10), Saint Michael's 1-7 (1-2 NE10)
Senior Marisa Coronis (Hudson, N.H.) racked up a match-high 16 kills and junior Jessica Dillon (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) nearly turned in a triple-double, as the Southern New Hampshire University women's volleyball team recorded its second three-set win in the past three matches Saturday afternoon, defeating Saint Michael's College, 25-15, 25-17, 25-14 at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
After a service ace from sophomore Joanne Coffey (Merrimack, N.H.) opened the match on the right foot for Southern New Hampshire, the Penmen kept rolling with a 9-3 run – featuring four kills from Coronis and three from Dillon – to get things started. Kills from junior Priscila Castro (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) and Dillon later in the set buoyed a 4-0 spurt that widened the gap to 15-6 before Saint Michael's claimed four of the next six points. Two straight kills from Coronis then sparked another 4-0 run that put SNHU in the driver's seat at 21-10. The Purple Knights would take four of the next five points before kills from sophomore Jaclyn Maguire (Rochester, N.Y.) and Coronis helped the Penmen close the set on a 3-1 run that made it 1-0.
Four kills and a service ace from Coronis, as well as two kills from Castro, opened a 10-4 run for Southern New Hampshire to begin the second set. Saint Michael's would keep it close and closed to within 20-16 before two Dillon kills and one from Castro contributed to a set-ending 5-1 run that put the Penmen up, 2-0, in the match.
Saint Michael's held a 4-3 edge in set No. 3 when a kill and service ace from Dillon sparked an 8-1 blitz that gave Southern New Hampshire an 11-5 lead. A 6-2 counter-run from the Purple Knights pulled them within a pair at 13-11, but nine straight points, including a pair of kills from sophomore Amanda Costales (Wantagh, N.Y.), ballooned the Penmen lead to 22-11. Saint Michael's tallied two straight before three kills from Dillon ended the match on a 3-1 run for SNHU.
Coronis' kills came on .342 hitting, to go along with eight digs. Dillon tallied 13 kills on .520 hitting, 15 assists and eight digs. Castro posted eight kills and 11 digs, while Coffey contributed 19 assists, five digs and three service aces. Senior Kathleen Schurman (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) collected a match-best 22 digs, with Costales adding six kills and four digs.
-The Penmen have now won two of their last three.
-Southern New Hampshire outhit Saint Michael's in all three sets, including .394-.057 in the third, as well as .303-.071, overall.
The Penmen return to action Tuesday, Oct. 3 (7 p.m.) when play host to American International College at the Fieldhouse.
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