NEW PALTZ – The Mount Saint Mary College Women’s Volleyball team closed out play at the New Paltz Invitational on Saturday with an 8-25, 19-25, 23-25 loss to Williams and a 19-25, 18-25, 11-25 defeat at the hands of Kean. Freshman Grace Riddle paced the offensive attack with 12 kills over the two matches for the Knights.
Williams 3 – Mount Saint Mary 0
Mount Saint Mary was limited to only seven kills over the first two frames against the Ephs, before putting away 13 winners in the final frame. The Mount totaled 16 attack errors in falling behind 2-0, before rebounding to hit .205 in the final set in Saturday’s opener.
Riddle and Morgan Burke led the Mount’s offensive attack with seven kills apiece with only three other players recording a winner in the match. Burke added a pair of aces and two blocks for the Knights, with Riddle lifting five digs.
Senior Emily Mazzurco led the team with nine digs and 16 assists, with Alyssa Barbara adding eight digs and a service ace. Klaire Wall rounded out the match with seven digs for the Knights to go along with a service ace.
Williams was paced by nine kills from Lydia Kurtz who hit .296 in the match and added three aces and five digs. Kiley Wallace finished the win with seven winners and eight digs, while Gracie Guidotti led all players with 20 assists.
For the match, Williams held the advantage in kills 39-20, service aces 7-5 and total team blocks 8-2. The Ephs hit .206 as a team in the match, while the Mount was limited to a -.010 attack percentage.
Kean 3 – Mount Saint Mary 0
In the final match of the two-day invitational, the Mount was held to 13 kills against the Cougars and hit -.032 as a team. Kean put away 38 kills in the match and hit .228 as a unit.
Riddle was the team’s leader in kills with five in the contest, equaling the team-high in digs with nine and adding a service ace. Burke, Renee Hydo and Danille Kralik each rounded out the contest with two kills for the Knights.
Wall joined Riddle with nine kills against the Cougars with Mazzurco handing out nine assists to go along with two aces, a kill and a pair of digs.
Kean was led by nine winners and three blocks from Zoe Strozewski who hit a blistering .500 in the match. Kortnee Nelson lifted a match-high 14 digs and finished with three aces, while Britni Jaskot handed out a match-high 27 assists.
Kean rounded out the match with 25 more kills than the Knights and finished with the advantage in aces 10-6 and total team blocks 6-0.