‘Phins volleyball wins three straight matches over the past weekend

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Rebecca Black, Sports Editor

This past weekend the women’s volleyball team played three consecutive matches at home, facing St. Michael’s on Friday, St. Anselm on Saturday and Southern Connecticut State on Sunday, which was Senior Day. The ‘Phins continued their winning streak, recording wins in all three matches, giving them five straight wins overall these last few weeks.

On Friday night, the women won three straight games over St. Michael’s, convincingly beating the Purple Knights. The ‘Phins came on strong immediately in the first game, winning 25-20. At 20-19, the team capitalized on tough points, ending the game with a strong kill by junior middle hitter Morgan McDermott, who registered 11 kills in the match.

They easily won the second game 25-15, rallying forward with crucial serving points from junior libero Julianne Shelton, who helped hold their lead with four major serving points.

The third game was the closest of the match, concluding with a final score of 27-25. Midway, St. Michaels took the lead 12-9, with Le Moyne fighting hard back to garner the lead at 21-16. Tied at 24, the ‘Phins took the lead with kills from junior outside hitter Allison Hebel and McDermott. The match was clinched with a service ace from freshman setter Megan Maisonet.

Saturday the ‘Phins overcame St. Anselm in a tough match, losing the first game in close points, 25-20. In the second game Le Moyne came back strong, forgetting the first game to win the second, 25-13. With tight points, Le Moyne was able to take the game with eight straight points off the serve of junior Kelsey Polanski. Le Moyne wasted no time in winning the third game, winning 13 consecutive points off of the serve of junior Danielle Fetsch, who helped secure the lead for the ‘Phins.

The fourth game was won just as convincingly by the ‘Phins who registered a 25-10 victory. The game was closed out by a kill from sophomore Madison Snow. Hebel reached a career high of 17 kills, leading the Dolphins in kills for the match. McDermott had seven kills, Shelton 13 digs and Maisonet 40 total assists.

On Sunday, the last home game of the season and Senior Day, sole senior middle hitter Kelli Willets was recognized for her contributions to the volleyball program over the last four years. The Dolphins took control of the match by winning the first game 25-14. With the help of Hebel’s serve the team took the lead with a score of 8-7, with each team consecutively rallying back with one another. At 24-14 Le Moyne won the game off a kill from Hebel.

The women continued their success by winning the second game of the match 25-23. The score was tied at 14, with Le Moyne trying to gain a lead. St. Anselm then led 22-20, but with the help of junior outside hitter Bethany Fabian, Shelton and McDermott, the team was able to take the next few points to win the game.

In the third game the ‘Phins were defeated by St. Anselm, 25-19, who took an early lead. The Dolphins rallied back in the fourth game to ultimately win, 25-12. Winning the first 11 points, the ‘Phins furthered their lead over St. Anselm with the serving skills of Fabian. With passes from Maisonet, Fabian and Fetsch were able to score two kills to win the match.

The Dolphins will play their final two league games of the season away this weekend, playing Merrimack on Friday and UMass-Lowell Saturday.