Volleyball Blanks Pace, 3-0

Senior Delia Phillips led the Skyhawks tonight with 15 kills.

Phillips leads Skyhawks with 15 kills

EASTON, Mass. (October 23, 2015) – The Stonehill College women's volleyball team downed Pace University, 3-0, by scores of 25-14, 25-23 and 25-11 in Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10) action tonight at Merkert Gymnasium.

Senior outside hitter Delia Phillips (St. James, New York/Smithtown East), sophomore outside hitter Marykay Nasby (Belle Plaine, Minnesota/Belle Plaine) and classmate Katherine Delanty (Smithtown, New York/Smithtown West) posted double-digit kills to highlight the Skyhawks offensive efforts at home. Phillips notched 15 kills and 5 digs while Nasby and Delanty finished with 11 apiece.

Junior setter Taylor Stevens (Foster, Rhode Island/Ponaganset) ran the offense compiling a match-high 39 assists, seven digs, five service aces, one kill and two block assists. Sophomore libero Claire Manuszak (Indianapolis, Indiana/Bishop Chatard) guided the defense supplying a match-high 21 digs in addition to three assists. Senior Kelsey Weymouth (North Attleboro, Massachusetts/North Attleboro) also chipped in 11 digs on the defensive side.

For the Setters, sophomore outside hitter Sydney Lecker (Littleton, Colorado/Chatfield) hammered home a team-high six kills on a .333 hitting percentage, with two block assists. Junior Samantha Marquez (Palmetto Bay, Florida/Miami Palmetto/Palm Beach State College) contributed two kills and ten digs.

Freshman setter Kimberly Lachowicz (Oshkosh, Wisconsin/Oshkosh West) dished out 10 assists, three digs and a service ace while Rebecca Italiano (Lynbrook, New York/East Rockaway) had a team-high 16 digs.

Stonehill got off to a strong start in the first set leading 10-4, led by Phillips' two kills. The Skyhawks went on another long run, pushing their lead to a commanding 21-9, before Kathleen Benson (Kings Park, New York/Kings Park) recorded a kill to make the score 21-10. A kill by Alyssa Marchino (Lindenhurst, New York/Lindenhurst) brought the Setters as close as they would come (23-13), but an emphatic kill by Delanty gave the Skyhawks the first set, 25-14.

The second frame was much tighter, with both teams trading leads through the first 12 points. With the score tied at 12, Phillips and Delanty recorded three consecutive kills to give the Skyhawks some breathing room at 15-12. Phillips and Delanty would then register two more kills to extend the lead to 17-12. The Setters kept battling back and eventually tied the score at 23 by an attacking error on Delanty, forcing Stonehill to call a timeout. The Skyhawks came out of the timeout determined not to let the critical set two slip away, and with a kill by Weymouth and Delanty, won the second set 25-23.

The third set started much like the first, with Stonehill going on an early run to take control. The Skyhawks jumped out to a 13-1 advantage and maintained their lead throughout the set. The score would balloon to 21-9 before three straight kills by Phillips pushed it even further to 24-9. Stonehill would eventually take the set and the game, 25-11. The Skyhawks posted their best hitting percentage in the third frame, hitting .343 with 16 kills.

Stonehill (9-12, 3-6 NE-10) travels to Assumption College on Tuesday, October 27th for a match at 6:00 p.m. Pace (10-14, 2-4 NE-10) is right back in action tomorrow traveling to Bentley University for a 1 p.m. start.

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