MSMC Knights Sweep Maritime, Pratt On Senior Day

NEWBURGH – The Mount Saint Mary College Women’s Volleyball team closed out the home regular season schedule on Saturday with 25-8, 25-14, 25-18 and 25-20, 27-25, 25-21 wins over Maritime and Pratt, respectively. Prior to the second match of the day, the Knights honored Danielle Guarasci, Renee Hydo and Alyssa Barbara on Senior Day.

Saturday’s victories push Mount Saint Mary to 14-11 overall and the win over Maritime gives Mount Saint Mary a 7-4 record in Skyline Conference play.

Mount Saint Mary 3 – Maritime 0
The Knights hit .289 as a team in the first victory of the day, including a .333 effort in the opening set.

The Mount opened the match with seven of the first eight points and used a 7-0 run to open a 15-3 lead in the first set.

Mount Saint Mary put away 11 kills and hit .267 in the second frame, keeping Maritime to just five winners and a -.100 attack percentage.

The Knights broke the set open with 10 straight points to take a 14-3 advantage. Riddle posted six kills over the stretch for the Mount.

Mount Saint Mary finished off the sweep with 14 kills, hitting .290 in the final frame.

With the score tied 16-16 in the final set, the Knights ripped off seven straight points to grab a 23-16 lead. Mary Milano highlighted the run with a trio of service aces.
Milano and Haley Houghton put away kills down the stretch to finish of the third set for the Mount.

For The Knights
After being held without a kill in the first set, Riddle closed the victory with 16 winners, hitting an efficient .419 in the match. She closed the win with four aces, five digs and a block.

Milano, Houghton and Hydo all put away three kills for the Knights with Houghton and Milano adding three aces apiece.

Stephanie Mele led the team with two blocks.

Fran Cammarata handed out 26 assists for the Mount and lifted six digs.

Barbara led the team with 11 digs and five service aces.

For Maritime
Celyna Custodio led the way for the Privateers with eight kills and 13 digs.

Brooke Kirchner handed out 13 assists and led the team with two aces.

Jessica Mele chipped in six kills.

Match Statistics
Mount Saint Mary finished the match with a 31-16 advantage in kills, hitting .289 as a team compared to -.027 for Maritime.

The Knights dominated the service game with a 17-3 advantage in aces.

Total team blocks in the contest also went to the Knights by a 3-1 count.

Mount Saint Mary 3 – Pratt 0
Mount Saint Mary got out to an early 1-0 lead after putting away 17 kills in the first set against the Cannoneers. The Knight used a 7-0 run to open a 12-5 lead and held off a Pratt run with kills from Hydo and Jackie Wolf to finish off the frame.

The Knights added 11 more kills in the second set and used a 6-0 run to pull in front 20-18 on a Riddle service ace.

Pratt later answered with a 5-0 run to grab a 25-24 lead on an Olivia Julich winner.

Mount Saint Mary closed the middle stanza with the final three points, taking advantage on a Riddle kill and two Pratt miscues to open a 2-0 lead.

Mount Saint Mary finished the win with 16 kills in the final stanza.

After a back-and-forth start to the set, the Knights scored four straight pints to open a 19-14 lead.

After a 3-0 spurt from Pratt pulled it to within 20-18, the Knights scored four straight points, all on Pratt errors, to grab a 24-18 lead.

The Cannoneers scored three straight to close to within 24-21, but Riddle’s 18th kill of the match closed the door for the Knights.

For The Knights
Riddle led all players with 18 kills and posted at least 10 winners for the 21st straight match. Riddle has put away 403 kills to date, just 47 from the single season record with three regular season matches to play, and is the first Knight to post at least 400 kills in a season since 404 from Mary Ann Raftery in 2012. She finished off the win with five more aces and 11 digs.

Wolf had a big match for the Knights, putting away 12 kills and joining Riddle with 11 digs.

Hydo finished the win with seven kills and seven digs.

Cammarata handed out 36 assists to lead all players in the match.

Barbara finished the match with a team-high 12 digs.

For The Cannoneers
Julich and Elizabeth Hannah led the team with eight kills apiece.

Hannah led all players with five total blocks in the match.

Gabby Genduso and Hannah Leitten each finished with 14 assists.

Deanna Colondona led all players in the match with 15 digs.

Match Statistics
Mount Saint Mary closed the match with a 44-30 edge in kills, hitting .148 as a unit.

Service aces went to the Knights by a slim 8-7 margin.

Pratt controlled the blocking game with a 9-1 advantage in total team blocks.

Mount Saint Mary closes the regular season with three non-conference matches starting with a trip to New Jersey City University on October 28.

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