When and Where: November 4, 2017 – West Haven, Conn. (Charger Gymnasium)
Score: University of New Haven 3, Southern New Hampshire University 2
Records: UNH 18-7 (12-0 NE10), SNHU 8-12 (4-7 NE10)
Senior Marisa Coronis (Hudson, N.H.) and junior Priscila Castro (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) teamed for 31 kills and 43 digs, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's volleyball team lost a five-set thriller to NE10-unbeaten University of New Haven, 25-17, 21-25, 25-23, 23-25, 15-9, Saturday afternoon at Charger Gymnasium.
Coronis posted 16 kills, three service aces and 23 digs, while Castro produced 15 kills, a pair of service aces and 20 digs.
New Haven clung to an 11-10 lead in the opening set when an 8-1 run ballooned the advantage to 19-11. The margin was seven at 24-17 when a Penmen attack error gave the Chargers the first set and a 1-0 lead in the match.
It was Southern New Hampshire with the one-point lead at 22-21 in the second set when junior Jessica Dillon (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) rattled off a kill before a pair of New Haven attack errors won the set for the Penmen, who evened the match, 1-1.
SNHU owned a 22-19 advantage in set No. 3 when four straight New Haven points gave the hosts a one-point lead. Sophomore Jaclyn Maguire (Rochester, N.H.) notched a kill to tie the set, but back-to-back kills from Kali Greathead put the Chargers up, 2-1, in the match.
In another tightly-contested set, the Penmen were up, 24-23, in the fourth when a Castro kill ended it, forcing a fifth game.
In that fifth set, New Haven scored the first five points and held a 12-6 lead when two kills from Coronis and one from sophomore Amanda Costales (Wantagh, N.Y.) made up a 3-1 spurt that trimmed the deficit to 13-9. New Haven wrapped up the match, however, with a kill from Fernanda da Silva and service ace from Caroline Martins.
Costales tallied nine kills, two service aces, six digs and two blocks, while senior Carolyn Scacchi (Peabody, Mass.) added seven kills. Dillon chimed in with four kills, 22 assists and 16 digs, with sophomore Joanne Coffey (Merrimack, N.H.) handing out 25 helpers and claiming eight digs. Senior Kathleen Schurman (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) collected a match-high 26 digs.
-New Haven outhit Southern New Hampshire in four of the five sets, as well as .177-.150, overall.
-The Penmen had won five of their last eight entering the match.
-SNHU is now two-and-a-half games out of the final playoff spot in the Northeast-10 standings with three matches to play.
The Penmen return to action Tuesday, Nov. 7 (7 p.m.) when they take on Merrimack College. SNHU returns home Friday, Nov. 10 (7 p.m.) when it plays host to the College of Saint Rose at the Fieldhouse.
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