‘Pains Volleyball Wins One, Loses One in NE-10 Play

‘Phins Volleyball Wins One, Loses One in NE-10 Play

By Pat Coultry ‘17

STAFF WRITER

 

After a four-set loss to New Haven, the Le Moyne Dolphins responded by traveling to SNHU Fieldhouse and defeating Southern New Hampshire 3-0. The dolphins faced little resistance as they came to Southern New Hampshire and swept them in three straight sets. Le Moyne won the first set 25-22 after allowing SHNU to make a five point rally to tie the set at 21 apiece before Le Moyne pulled away. The Dolphins answered by winning the next two sets easily.

The Penmen had no answer for Le Moyne’s offensive attack. The Dolphins registered 18 more kills and their hitting percentage was .137 compared to Southern New Hampshire’s hitting percentage which was only .037. Le Moyne also fired in eight aces and totaled fourteen more assists than Southern New Hampshire.

Notable performances included junior outside hitter Natalie Casson, who registered her tenth double-double on the season. To register this double-double, Casson recorded 10 kills and 11 digs along with an impressive four aces in the match. Three other dolphins recorded 8 kills each, splitting the offensive attack between Andrea Buchanan, Anna Hafoka, and Jessica Miller. The trio also combined for five blocks in the match. Freshman Mikayla Poor and sophomore Kendall Corcoran, who both in are in the top 5 in NE-10 statistical categories combined for 30 digs as well. With the win, Le Moyne improved to 14-5 and 5-2 in the NE-10.

After facing a bottom tier opponent in Southern New Hampshire, Le Moyne was faced with a much tougher task facing top tier opponent Franklin Pierce. Le Moyne fought strong in the first set and bought some momentum heading into the second set after a 31-29 victory. However, Franklin Pierce took all momentum away from the Dolphins in the second set and came out with a 25-18 win in set number two. In the third set, Franklin Pierce took all momentum away from Le Moyne definitively as the Dolphins were defeated 25-21. In the fourth set, Le Moyne again had no answer for Franklin Pierce’s strong effort in which Le Moyne lost 25-22 and dropped the match three sets to one.

Junior outside hitter Andrea Buchanan led Le Moyne with 13 kills to go along with 5 blocks. Sophomore Danica Durdines gave a full effort as well adding 9 kills and 5 blocks. Kendall Corcoran led the way for the dolphins with 42 assists and she also provided 17 digs. Mikayla Poor and defensive specialist Molly Gallagher combined for 36 digs.

Le Moyne is now fourth in the NE-10 standings with a conference record of 5-3 and an overall record of 14-6. The Dolphins host Stonehill Friday night at 5 PM.