When and Where: November 3, 2018 – Syracuse, N.Y. (Ted Grant Gymnasium)
Score: Le Moyne College 3, Southern New Hampshire University 2
Records: Le Moyne 15-9 (7-7 NE10), SNHU 10-12 (8-6 NE10)
Junior Irem Bat (Istanbul, Turkey) piled up 17 kills and 20 digs, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's volleyball team wrapped its regular season with a 3-2 (25-23, 25-17, 23-25, 18-25, 15-13) loss to Le Moyne College on Saturday at Ted Grant Gymnasium.
- Bat hit .295, while adding a service ace and a block.
- Junior Amanda Costales (Wantagh, N.Y.) rattled off 12 kills, while swinging at a .250 clip, to go with an ace, a career-best 16 digs and three blocks.
- Senior Jessica Dillon (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) matched her career high with 43 assists, while adding five kills and 13 digs.
- Junior Baylee Lippincott (Phoenix, Ariz.) posted nine kills on .364 hitting and five blocks.
- Senior Priscila Castro (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) tallied seven kills, an ace and eight digs.
- Freshman Ramona Fontaine (Chelsea, Mass.) chipped in five kills and four blocks.
- Senior Shaira Sanabria (Bayamon, Puerto Rico) collected 11 digs.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The opening set was tied, 23-23, when a kill from Jacquelyne Ghindia and a Southern New Hampshire attack error gave Le Moyne the final two points and a 1-0 lead in the match.
- The Dolphins held a 15-14 edge in the second set when a 10-3 run – with three service aces from Mikayla Porr and a pair of kills from Ghindia – put Le Moyne up, 2-0.
- With the third set even at 16-all, SNHU went on a 7-1 run to open a 23-17 lead, but, following a timeout, Le Moyne notched six of the next seven points to close within 24-23. An attack error by the Dolphins gave the Penmen the set and pulled them to within 2-1 in the match.
- Set No. 4 was also tied at 16 apiece when a 9-2 rush – highlighted by a pair of Bat kills – allowed Southern New Hampshire to level the match at 2-2.
- The Penmen were up, 12-9, in the final set when Le Moyne tallied six of the next seven points to steal the win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- SNHU outhit Le Moyne in each of the final three sets, as well as .250-.212 for the match.
- Southern New Hampshire has its two-match win streak snapped, but ends the regular season having won nine of its last 14.
- The victory puts the Penmen into a fifth-place tie with Pace University and the College of Saint Rose in the Northeast-10 standings, with SNHU earning the No. 5 seed for the upcoming NE10 Championship via its 2-0 record against the other two teams.
- It is the first NE10 Championship berth for Southern New Hampshire since 2015.
- The fifth-seeded Penmen travel to take on fourth-seeded Southern Connecticut University on Tuesday, Nov. 3 (7 p.m.) in an NE10 Championship quarterfinal tilt.
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