Blue Knights Volleyball Topped By Union, Elmira

CAZENOVIA – The Mount Saint Mary College Women’s Volleyball team wrapped up play at the Cazenovia Invitational on Saturday with a pair of four-set losses to Union and Elmira.

The Knights fell in the opener to Union by scores of 25-22, 18-25, 18-25, 19-25 before dropping the contest to Elmira by scores of 25-22, 17-25, 17-25, 15-25. Erin Lema finished the second match of the day with a career-high 12 kills.

Saturday’s results drop Mount Saint Mary to 1-2 overall on the season.

Mount Saint Mary 1 – Union 3
The Mount put away 13 kills and hit .257 in the opening set against Union to grab the early 1-0 lead.

The Knights used a 6-0 run early in the set to grab 10-6 lead and spread its lead to 21-13 following a 7-2 stretch. Grace Riddle recorded a pair of aces in the second spurt for the Knights.

Union closed its deficit to 22-20 with a 7-1 run, but the Knights held on with three of the final five points, including kills from Lema and Mary Milano, to close out the frame.
Union responded with three straight set wins, recording 12 kills in each of the final three frames.

The Dutchwomen opened up a 20-10 lead with an 11-1 run in the second stanza and used a 7-2 closing run the third frame to grab a 2-1 lead in the match.

Union earned the victory in the match after limiting the Mount to just six kills in the fourth set.

Union scored the final six points, breaking a 19-19 tie, taking advantage of four Mount Saint Mary miscues.

Riddle put away 12 kills and hit .267 in the match and in the process surpassed 800 career kills. She closed out her first double-double of the season with a team-high 15 digs, adding four service aces and a block.

Lema and Milano each put away six kills for the Knights with Lema adding seven digs and Milano posting two aces.

Fran Cammarata handed out 22 assists and lifted nine digs.

For The Dutchwomen
Shannon McGrath put away a match-high 16 kills and lifted 15 digs.

Keara Page added 12 kills and a pair of blocks.

Haley Kresch led the team with 21 assists and lifted six digs.

Kirsten Litchfield led all players with five aces in the match.

Georgia Pool lifted a match-high 20 digs.

Union finished the match with a 49-32 advantage in kills.

Union held a slim 10-6 edge in service aces.

Blocks also went to the Dutchwomen by a 5-4 count.

Mount Saint Mary 1 – Elmira 3
The Knights got off to another quick start, posting 13 kills and hitting .273 in the opening stanza.

Trailing 16-12 in the first set, Mount Saint Mary ripped off six straight points, highlighted by a pair of kills from Lema, to surge in front 18-16.

After allowing Elmira to knot the score at 22-22, the Mount scored three straight points, capped by a Riddle kill, to take a one set advantage.

After being held to eight kills in the opening frame, the Eagles totaled 34 kills over the final three sets, including 11 with a .318 attack percentage in the fourth frame.

Elmira scored the final six points of the second set to even the score at 1-1.

The Eagles broke a 7-7 tie with a 7-2 stretch and later used a 5-1 run to grab a 19-11 advantage. The Knights would not get closer than six points the rest of the set.

Elmira sprinted out to a 12-4 lead in the fourth set on the strength of a 5-0 run.

The Knights battled back to within 15-10, but a 4-0 spurt from the Eagles pushed their lead back to 20-11.

Elmira closed out the match with four of the final five points to earn the victory.

For The Knights
Lema reached double-figures in kills for the first time in her career with 12 winners, hitting an efficient .391. She added six digs in the contest for the Knights.

Riddle reached double figures in kills for the third straight match to start the year with 11, finishing off a double-double with 11 digs.

Cammarata handed out 22 more assists to go along with an ace and three digs.

Krista Gross led the team with 12 digs.

Sabrina Romano posted a team-best two total blocks.

For The Eagles
Calli Vocke equaled the match-high with 12 kills, hitting a blistering .706 in the match.

Samantha Garry chipped in 10 kills while hitting .316.

Asia Curkendall handed out 22 assists and totaled six service aces.

Gianna Pezzino led all players with seven aces to go along with seven digs.

Amelia Martin added five aces and five digs.

Makenna Clark led the team with 10 digs.

Mount Saint Mary opens play in the New Paltz Hawks Invitational on September 9 against Alfred.

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