Volleyball Drops Queen City Cup Opener at Saint Anselm, 3-1


When and Where: September 12, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (Stoutenburgh Gymnasium)
Saint Anselm College 3, Southern New Hampshire University 1
Records: Saint Anselm 5-4, SNHU 2-3

Sophomore Amanda Costales (Wantagh, N.Y.) recorded a season-high 10 kills, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's volleyball team suffered a 3-1 (13-25, 26-24, 25-17, 25-9) non-conference defeat against crosstown-rival Saint Anselm College on Tuesday night at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.

SNHU came out of the gates firing on all cylinders, opening up a 7-3 lead on the strength of a pair of kills from Costales. After Saint Anselm closed to within one, a 6-2 spurt – with two kills from junior Jessica Dillon (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) – nudged the lead to 13-8. The hosts then pulled within three before the Penmen rattled off nine straight points as part of a set-clinching 11-2 blitz. Costales notched two service aces and senior Marisa Coronis (Hudson, N.H.) added a pair of kills during the stretch.

In a second set that saw the lead change hands five times in the early going, Saint Anselm opened the largest lead of the stanza at 23-16, following a 7-1 run. The Penmen did not roll over, however, ripping off seven straight points to leave the set tied at 23-all. Costales and junior Priscila Castro (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) each recorded three kills during the rally. After the Hawks went ahead, another Castro kill pulled SNHU even, but Saint Anselm would claim the set with back-to-back kills.

With Southern New Hampshire ahead, 8-7, in the third set, Saint Anselm reeled off six straight points as part of a 10-2 run that catapulted the Hawks in front, 17-10. The Penmen would whittle the deficit to five before a 6-1 spurt gave the hosts match-point at 24-14. SNHU would score three straight before Saint Anselm finally ended it to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

After a Dillon kill put SNHU in front in the fourth, Saint Anselm went on a 16-3 tear to seize a commanding lead. A Castro kill and service ace from senior Kathleen Schurman (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) would temporarily stop the bleeding, but the Hawks would score six straight as part of a 9-3 run that clinched the match.

Costales' 10 kills came on .400 hitting, while she also recorded three service aces and four digs. Castro posted seven kills and eight digs, with Coronis tallying seven kills, six digs and a pair of service aces. Dillon added six kills, six digs and 13 assists. Sophomore Joanne Coffey (Merrimack, N.H.) chipped in 14 assists and six digs.

-Southern New Hampshire outhit Saint Anselm in the first set, .214-.042, but was outhit .235-.066, overall.
-Saint Anselm fires the first salvo in the battle for Manchester supremacy as it takes a 1-0 lead in the Queen City Cup standings. Southern New Hampshire has won all three Queen City Cup battles, including last year by a score of 20-14. 

Up Next:
The Penmen return to action Saturday, Sept. 16 (12 p.m.) when they take on Edinboro University at American International College, before meeting AIC at 2 p.m. SNHU opens its home slate at the SNHU Fieldhouse against Saint Anselm on Tuesday, Sept. 19 (7 p.m.).

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