When and Where: August 26, 2018 – Manchester, N.H. (Stan Spirou Field House)
Match 1 Score: Stonehill College 3, Southern New Hampshire University 0
Match 2 Score: Southern New Hampshire University 3, Saint Anselm College 1
Records: SNHU 1-2, Stonehill 1-2, Saint Anselm, 3-1
Junior Baylee Lippincott (Phoenix, Ariz.) and sophomore Irem Bat (Istanbul, Turkey) each recorded 13 kills to lead the Southern New Hampshire University women's volleyball team to a 3-1 (26-24, 22-25, 25-21, 25-23) victory against unbeaten Saint Anselm College, salvaging Sunday's tri-match at the Stan Spirou Field House. The Penmen opened the day by absorbing a 3-0 loss to Stonehill College.
Saint Anselm match
- Lippincott hit a blistering .458, while Bat swung at a .273 clip and gathered 12 digs for a double-double.
- Junior Amanda Costales (Wantagh, N.Y.) tallied nine kills, six service aces, six blocks and four digs.
- Senior Jessica Dillon (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) dished 27 assists to go with six digs.
- Senior Shaira Sanabria (Bayamon, Puerto Rico), one day after setting a new career high in digs, matched it with 23 more, while racking up five aces.
- Senior Priscila Castro (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) and sophomore Brooke Freckleton (Red Cliffs, Australia) notched seven and five kills, respectively, with Castro adding 11 digs and three blocks.
- Sophomore Joanne Coffey (Merrimack, N.H.) chipped in 16 assists.
- Bat led the team with six kills and eight digs.
- Freshman Ramona Fontaine (Chelsea, Mass.) posted five kills on .714 hitting, to go with four blocks.
- Dillon registered 14 assists and nine digs.
- Sanabria collected eight digs and a pair of aces.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Saint Anselm match
- After Saint Anselm notched the first three points of the first set, a pair of kills each from Bat and Costales highlighted a 9-2 run that gave the Penmen a 9-5 lead. The teams would then trade the lead three times, with Saint Anselm holding on to a 22-20 edge. Kills from Freckleton and Castro sparked a 3-0 run that put SNHU in front, 23-22. The Hawks would tie the set at 23 and 24, but another Costales kill and Saint Anselm attack error gave Southern New Hampshire the marathon win.
- Saint Anselm evened the match with a victory in the tightly-contested second set, before SNHU snapped a 20-20 tied in the third set on a Bat kill that kicked off a 5-1 stretch. Costales netted a pair of aces during the run, while Lippincott's set-clinching kill pushed the Hawks to the brink.
- Saint Anselm held an 11-7 lead in the final set when a 12-2 run, buoyed by five Sanabria aces, put the Penmen in front, 19-13. The margin was 24-16 when five kills by Jordan Schamp carried a 7-0 run that slashed the Hawks' deficit to just one at 24-23, but Bat came up with a huge kill to seal it.
- Southern New Hampshire trailed, 18-16, in the opening set, when a 7-2 spurt, which included three service aces from Sophia Poveda, gave Stonehill a 1-0 advantage.
- SNHU again was down just a pair at 24-22 in the second set, but an error gave the Skyhawks a 2-0 lead.
- Stonehill left no doubt in the third set, building a 16-5 advantage, before cruising to victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Saint Anselm match
- SNHU outhit Saint Anselm, .236-.187, overall, as well as .344-.214 in the third set.
- The Penmen owned a 15-10 margin blocks.
- Stonehill outhit SNHU in all three sets, including .210-.067 for the match.
- The Skyhawks doubled up the Penmen, 18-9, in blocks.
- Southern New Hampshire defeats Saint Anselm for the first time since Oct. 6, 2015 when it captured a five-set thriller at home.
- The Penmen earn the first point of 2018-19 in the Queen City Cup standings, as they take a 1-0 lead in the battle for Manchester supremacy.
- The Penmen return to action Friday, Sept. 7 when they take part in a two-day tournament at California University of Pennsylvania. SNHU plays Bloomsburg University at 11 a.m., followed by California (Pa.) at 6 p.m.
- The next home match for SNHU is Saturday, Sept. 15 (1 p.m.) when it plays host to Assumption College in Northeast-10 action.
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