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Women’s volleyball drops NEC opener at Saint Francis University, 3-0

LORETTO, Pennsylvania. (September 23, 2022)- Stonehill College women’s volleyball team started Northeast Conference play with a road trip to Saint Francis University where the Skyhawks fell, 3-0 (12-25, 22-25, 20-25) Friday afternoon at DeGol Arena.

jentry allen led the Skyhawks with 12 kills on Friday. She has eclipsed the 10-win mark three times this season and each time she finished with 12 wins. Allen has now posted 13 career games with 10 or more eliminations. Not far behind was Lauren McCloskey as she recorded eight kills, which marked the sixth time this season, she finished with five or more kills. Delaney Mihelich led the team’s offense with 16 assists on the day and has now finished with 15 or more assists in his last three games, including a career-high 17 against Saint Michael’s (Sept. 17). Molly Turner was just behind with 14 assists, which marked his eighth time this year with 10 or more assists. Defensively, McCloskey and Mia Berardino teams up with two block helpers each.

Delaney Mihelich led the Skyhawks with 16 assists on Friday afternoon (Photo credit: Andrew Katsames).

Early in the first set Stonehill took a 2-1 lead after a McCloskey kill, however, after the Red Flash tied it at two they ended up making a 13-2 run for their biggest advance of the set (15-4). Later in the first set, the Skyhawks halved Saint Francis’ lead (22-11) after capitalizing on a Red Flash attacking error. Despite eliminating the lead, the Red Flash pushed 4-1 to seal the first set. In the opening frame, McCloskey led the purple and white with two kills.

Saint Francis appeared to continue where they left off in the opening moments of the second set when they took a 7-2 lead, however, the Skyhawks cut the deficit to one (7-6) with a push of 4-0. by two Allen victories. The Charges reduced their lead to five (18-13) after an attacking error from Stonehill. After a service error from Stonehill made it 19-15, the Skyhawks tied things up at 19 with another 4-0 push highlighted by kills from Allen and Kristen Joyce. Saint Francis regained the lead after an attacking error to save one, but the Skyhawks took advantage of a Red Flash attacking error that tied the backhand at 20. Saint Francis went up two after a service error , but McClosky brought Stonehill back within one. (23-22). However, the Red Flash finished the game with the next two points and took a 2-0 lead.

In the third set, both teams went back and forth as neither team could advance more than three when Saint Francis took a 6-3 lead. However, Stonehill responded with three straight points on an Allen kill and two Red Flash offensive errors and tied it at six. Saint Francis recovered one on an attacking error (8-7), but the purple and whites regained the lead (9-8) thanks to a kill from McCloskey and another Red Flash service error. After Saint Francis went up one (10-9), McCloskey and a Red Flash serve error allowed the Skyhawks to go up one (11-10). However, Saint Francis extended their lead to four with a 9-4 run and made it 19-15. When it looked like the Red Flash offense was rolling, Stonehill pulled back again with a 4-2 rally and cut the deficit to two (21-19). However, despite the late run, Saint Francis held on for the 3-0 win.

Next

Stonehill continues its NEC road trip tomorrow when the team travels to Fairleigh Dickinson University for a game at 4 p.m.

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