When and Where: October 7, 2017 – Rindge, N.H. (FPU Fieldhouse)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 3, Franklin Pierce University 0
Records: SNHU 6-9 (2-4 NE10), FPU 4-11 (2-2 NE10)
Junior Priscila Castro (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) posted a double-double of 10 kills and 12 digs to help the Southern New Hampshire University women's volleyball team breeze past Franklin Pierce University, 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-15), Saturday afternoon at the FPU Fieldhouse.
Southern New Hampshire jumped out to a 15-3 lead, as three service aces from sophomore Amanda Costales (Wantagh, N.Y.) and a pair of kills by Maguire highlighted the stretch, which also included aces from Castro and junior Shaira Sanabria (Bayamon, Puerto Rico). After the Ravens stopped the bleeding, three kills from Castro powered a 5-1 spurt that opened the lead to 20-7, but Franklin Pierce answered with an 8-3 counter-run that pulled it within 23-15. Leading 24-17, SNHU would win the set following an FPU attack error.
Two kills from Coronis bookended a 6-2 run to open set No. 2 for the Penmen. Southern New Hampshire led, 14-11, when four straight points, including two more Coronis kills, triggered a 6-1 run that expanded the lead to 20-12. Franklin Pierce answered back with four consecutive points to trim its deficit to 20-16 before two kills each from Castro and Maguire carried a 4-1 spurt that pushed the Ravens to the brink at 24-17. Following two straight points for the hosts, a Coronis kill finished the stanza and gave the Penmen a 2-0 lead in the match.
Southern New Hampshire kept rolling to begin the third set, reeling off six straight points as part of an 11-1 blitz to open the stanza. Coronis and Maguire each chipped in a pair of kills during the stretch. With the lead at 18-6, Franklin Pierce would use an 8-3 run to close within 21-14, but the Penmen capped the set with four of the final five points, including a match-clinching kill from senior Carolyn Scacchi (Peabody, Mass.).
Costales notched four service aces and three blocks. Junior Jessica Dillon (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) paced the offense with 22 assists, to go along with nine digs and four blocks. Senior Kathleen Schurman (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) chimed in with 13 digs.
-SNHU has now won four of its last six and wins back-to-back matches for the first time since Nov. 6 of last season.
-Southern New Hampshire outhit Franklin Pierce in each set, as well as .211-.017, overall.
The Penmen return to action Tuesday, Oct. 10 (7 p.m.) when they play host to Stonehill College at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
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