When and Where: September 13, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Fieldhouse)
Score: Saint Anselm College 3, Southern New Hampshire University 1
Records: Saint Anselm 6-1, SNHU 1-9
Senior Megan Salamun (Scottsdale, Ariz.) hammered 11 kills on .409 hitting, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's volleyball team fell to crosstown rival Saint Anselm College, 3-1 (26-24, 25-9, 18-25, 25-15), Tuesday evening at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
Neither team led by more than two in the opening set until a Salamun block put Southern New Hampshire on top, 17-14, and forced a Saint Anselm timeout. The Penmen would hold a 23-20 advantage a short time later, but the Hawks closed the set on a 6-1 run to complete the comeback and go up 1-0 in the match.
Saint Anselm maintained momentum and went up, 9-1, out of the gate in set No. 2. The Hawks would use a 10-1 burst a short time later to seize a commanding 22-7 lead before cruising to the set win and a 2-0 match advantage.
SNHU came to play in the third set, however, building a 9-2 lead on the strength of four kills from junior Marisa Coronis (Hudson, N.H.). An 8-2 counter-run from Saint Anselm would slash its deficit to one, but a 10-3 run – with a pair of kills from Salamun – put the Penmen up, 23-15. The Hawks would reel off three straight points before another Salamun kill and a Coronis service ace ended it.
In the fourth set, Southern New Hampshire held a 4-3 edge when a 5-0 burst gave Saint Anselm an 8-4 lead. With the gap three later on, a 10-4 rush made the end all but inevitable at 21-12. A Saint Anselm attack error stopped the bleeding, but the Hawks would notch four of the final six points to take both the set and the match.
Senior Victoria Wehrmann (Dallas, Texas) posted 12 kills and seven digs, while Coronis notched 11 kills and 12 digs for the first double-double of her career, to go along with three service aces. Freshman Joanne Coffey (Merrimack, N.H.) earned her second straight double-double and fourth of the season with 35 assists and 15 digs. Freshman Jaclyn Maguire (Rochester, N.Y.) chipped in nine kills.
-The Penmen outhit Saint Anselm, .244-.088 in the third set, but the Hawks held a .254-.111 advantage overall.
The Penmen return to action Wednesday, Sept. 14 (6 p.m.) when they take on Assumption College. The next home match for SNHU is Thursday, Sept. 15 (7 p.m.) when they play host to the University of Nebraska Kearney at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
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