When and Where: November 2, 2018 – Albany, N.Y. (Daniel P. Nolan Gymnasium)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 3, College of Saint Rose 1
Records: SNHU 10-11 (8-5 NE10), Saint Rose 16-11 (7-6 NE10)
Senior Priscila Castro (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) and junior Amanda Costales (Wantagh, N.Y.) each posted 10-kill double-doubles to lead the Southern New Hampshire University women's volleyball team to a 3-1 (25-21, 21-25, 25-20, 25-23) victory at the College of Saint Rose on Friday night at Nolan Gymnasium.
- Castro registered 10 kills, a service ace, 12 digs and a block.
- Costales tallied 10 kills, three aces, 10 digs and a trio of blocks.
- Junior Irem Bat (Istanbul, Turkey) recorded nine kills, an ace, 14 digs and four blocks.
- Freshman Ramona Fontaine (Chelsea, Mass.) matched her career high with seven kills on .312 hitting, to go with three blocks.
- Senior Jessica Dillon (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) dished a season-high 36 assists and added nine digs.
- Junior Baylee Lippincott (Phoenix, Ariz.) posted six kills and five blocks.
- Senior Shaira Sanabria (Bayamon, Puerto Rico) collected three aces and 15 digs.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Southern New Hampshire held an 11-10 edge in the opening set when it ripped off a 13-2 run – highlighted by three aces and a kill from Costales, as well as a trio of kills from Castro – to put it on top, 24-12. Saint Rose then reeled off nine-in-a-row to close within three, but a kill from Fontaine clinched the set and put the Penmen in front, 1-0.
- SNHU led, 21-20, in the second set before Saint Rose scored five straight points – including a pair of Sam Kubik aces – to pull even at 1-1.
- The Penmen again held a 19-18 lead near the end of the third set, with Costales contributing three kills to a 6-2 run that gave the visitors a 2-1 edge in the match.
- A Costales kill in set No. 4 put the Penmen up, 24-20, but three straight points sliced the Golden Knights' deficit to one before an error foiled the Saint Rose rally and gave Southern New Hampshire the win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- SNHU outhit Saint Rose, .200- -.027 in the third set, as well as .152-.107 for the match.
- Southern New Hampshire has now won nine of 13, including two straight.
- The Penmen move into a two-way tie for fifth place in the Northeast-10 standings with one match to go. They can clinch the No. 5 seed with a win in Saturday's finale.
- The Penmen wrap up the regular season Saturday, Nov. 3 (1 p.m.) at Le Moyne College.
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