STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College (10-7, 3-1 GNAC) defeated University of Saint Joseph (4-9, 0-3 GNAC), 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-20), in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women’s volleyball game at the Harold Alfond Center on Saturday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
After squandering an early lead and ultimately losing the first set, Saint Joseph’s cruised to second and third set victories to claim a 2-1 advantage. The fourth frame featured seven tie scores and four lead changes, but late kills from Erin Olson (Stoughton, Mass.), Jordynne Copp (Cumberland, Maine), and Chatham Mills (Gorham, Maine) pushed the hosts to a 25-20 set win and fifth-consecutive victory.
LEADERS – SAINT JOSEPH’S:
- Sophomore Kelsey Bickford (Somersworth, N.H.) posted 13 kills on 45 attempts
- Copp recorded 11 kills, three digs, and a pair of block solos
- Olson added 11 kills with two digs and a solo block
- Mills chipped in with eight kills and three digs
- Junior Sarah Dyer (Seabrook, N.H.) notched a double-double with 39 assists and 17 digs
- Freshman Madison Provencher (Rochester, N.H.) dealt six service aces with six digs
- Junior Jennelle Thompson (Farmington, N.H.) registered 40 digs
LEADERS – UNIVERSITY OF SAINT JOSEPH:
- Sophomore Jasmine Buckley (Beacon, N.Y.) led all players with 16 kills on 48 attempts and added 13 digs
- Senior Hannah Lemek (Bristol, Conn.) contributed seven kills, 10 digs, and three block solos
- Junior Brenna Miller (McCleary, Wash.) dealt 23 assists with nine digs and three kills
- Junior Carly Ruzbasan (Torrington, Conn.) chipped in with 20 digs and four kills
Saint Joseph’s held advantages in kills (48-33), assists (46-29), and digs (86-74) in the conference victory.
With the win, Saint Joseph’s improves to 8-3 in the history of the series with University of Saint Joseph and has now defeated the Blue Jays in three-consecutive meetings dating back to the 2015 campaign.
Saint Joseph’s plays at Simmons College Wednesday in a conference match scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM.
Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.