Blue Knights Volleyball Falters at St. Joseph’s-L.I.

PATCHOGUE – The Mount Saint Mary College Women’s Volleyball team suffered its fourth straight loss on Saturday afternoon, falling at St. Joseph’s-L.I. by scores of 25-17, 24-26, 21-25, 15-26. Grace Riddle finished with 19 kills for the Knights with Jackie Wolf putting away 10 winners.

Saturday’s loss drops Mount Saint Mary to 8-9 overall and 2-4 in conference action, while the Golden Eagles improve to 5-8 and 3-1 in Skyline Conference play.

First Set
The Knights got off to a quick start with 12 kills while hitting .243 in the opening frame.

A 5-0 run highlighted by a Wolf kill pushed the Knights in front 9-3.

A 3-0 run later in the set, keyed by a Riddle service ace, expanded the Mount’s lead to 20-12.

Mount Saint Mary closed the set with four of the final six points, sparked by kills from Renee Hydo and Riddle, to open a 1-0 lead in the match.

Second Set
The Knights were held to five kills and a -.038 attack percentage in the second set.

A back-and-forth set saw the Golden Eagles open a 16-13 lead following a four-point run keyed by three Tara Langford aces.

St. Joseph’s would maintain the lead in the set until a kill from Riddle and an ace from Alyssa Barbara knotted the score at 24-24.

St. Joseph’s answered with the final two points, including a kill from Deirdre Carney, to even the match at 1-1.

Third Set
St. Joseph’s used a pair of 4-0 spurts in the early going of the third set to gain a 13-8 advantage.

Mount Saint Mary rallied with a four-point run of its own, getting kills from Riddle and Haley Houghton, to jump in front 18-17.

St. Joseph’s came back with five straight tallies, taking advantage of four Mount Saint Mary miscues, to regain a 22-18 advantage.

The Knights battled backed to within 22-20, before a pair of Amanda Goldstein kills sparked a 3-1 run to finish off the set and give the Golden Eagles a 2-1 lead.

Mount Saint Mary put away 13 kills in the third frame.

Fourth Set
Mount Saint Mary was limited to seven kills in the final set, while the Golden Eagles put away 12 kills and hit .250.

St. Joseph’s broke open the final frame with a 12-0 scoring run that pushed it in front 19-7.
Back-to-back kills from Goldstein closed out a 3-1 closing run and the set to give St. Joseph’s the 3-1 victory.

For The Knights
Riddle produced double-figures in kills for the 13th straight match, hitting an efficient .341 against the Golden Eagles. She closed out a strong all-around match with two aces and 12 digs.

Wolf reached the 10-kill mark for the sixth time in 2021, adding two aces and a team-high 14 digs.

Fran Cammarata handed out 27 assists and lifted nine digs for the Knights to go along with a team-high three aces.

Hydo and Barbara each finished the contest with 11 digs for the Knights.

For The Golden Eagles
Carney led the offensive attack with 16 kills, adding two blocks and four digs.

Goldstein put away 11 kills to go along with four blocks and six digs.

Langford handed out a match-high 28 assists and led all players with five aces.

Kellianne Dempsey lifted a match-high 18 digs.

Match Statistics
St. Joseph’s finished the day with a slim 40-37 advantage in kills, hitting .122 as a team against a .077 mark for the Knights.

The Golden Eagles finished with a 10-8 edge in service aces.

St. Joseph’s rounded out the day with a 6-1 advantage in total team blocks.

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