Volleyball Sweeps Stonehill, Wins 3-1 at Bentley

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The Le Moyne College women’s volleyball team, winners of seven of their last eight matches, continued their dominating performance over Northeast-10 competition, improving their record to 19-5 overall and 9-2 in the conference over the weekend. They captured wins over Stonehill and Bentley on Oct. 28 and 29.

In their win over Stonehill, the Dolphins faced adversity early on in the contest, falling behind 20-16 in the first set. They did not respond quietly though, creating a 9-3 run of their own to win the first set 25-23. In the second set, the wings of the Stonehill Skyhawks would be clipped by a devastating offense from the ‘Phins, who took the set in stride by a score of 25-19. The 22 digs in the contest posted by sophomore libero and reigning NE-10 libero of the week Mikayla Porr, led the defensive stand for the Dolphins. The third and final set saw the women’s team overcome a 18-15 late deficit. They put on a 10-2 run to end the contest, grounding the Skyhawks on their way to a third consecutive victory. Offensively, junior Kendall Corcoran, the reigning NE-10 setter of the week, dished out 34 assists and three kills while helping on defense, registering eight digs. Senior Natalie Casson helped the Dolphin’s dynamic offense with 11 kills in the match. Sophomore Jessica Miller posted nine kills and Junior Danica Durdines recorded eight kills in the contest.

Led by a mixture of sophomores and upperclassmen, Le Moyne claimed a 3-1 victory over the Bentley University Falcons. With the win, they clinched a playoff berth in the Northeast-10 Conference Championships. Le Moyne’s victory over the Falcons on the road is the first since 1996. To start the contest, the Dolphins found themselves in a 1-0 hole after losing the first set handily by a margin of 25-11. They would find their pace on offense and defense, sending the soaring Falcons to a crash landing by winning the next three sets  with scores of 25-23, 25-20, and 25-19. Sophomores Jessica Miller and Anna Hafoka both recorded 11 kills on the afternoon, with Miller posting two blocks and Hafoka blocking three. Mikayla Porr would continue her outstanding play on the weekend by recording 30 digs in the contest, giving her a total of 530 digs on the season. Look for Porr to break her own program record as she only needs to record two more digs on the season and has three regular season games to do so. Kendall Corcoran handed out 43 assists, giving her more than 1,000 assists on the season, making her the ninth player to do so in program history.

The Dolphins have their final homestand on Friday, Nov. 4 as they face off against Merrimack (4-21, 2-8 NE10) at Ted Grant Court with game time slated for 5 p.m. The Dolphins will  be honoring their senior players prior to the beginning of the match. With the polarizing play that the women’s team has posted so far, I highly suggest attendance to this game.