When and Where: November 10, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Fieldhouse)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 3, College of Saint Rose 2
Records: SNHU 10-12 (6-7 NE10), Saint Rose 12-16 (3-10 NE10)
Senior Marisa Coronis (Hudson, N.H.) posted 24 kills and 19 digs, while hitting .333, to lead the Southern New Hampshire University women's volleyball team to a 3-2, come-from-behind victory (24-26, 20-25, 25-18, 25-21, 15-9) against the College of Saint Rose on Friday night at the SNHU Fieldhouse
Trailing, 6-5, in the opening set, Southern New Hampshire used a 7-1 run – with kills from four different Penmen, including two by sophomore Amanda Costales (Wantagh, N.Y.) – to open a 13-6 lead. Saint Rose answered with six straight, as part of an 11-4 run that tied the score at 17-all. Two kills and a service ace from Coronis built a 21-18 lead for the hosts, who were in front, 24-21, when the Golden Knights rattled off five straight to steal the set.
Saint Rose carried that momentum into the second set, opening an early 9-3 advantage. Southern New Hampshire had climbed to within 17-15 when four straight for the visitors made it 21-15. The Penmen would not get closer than four the rest of the way as the Golden Knights took a 2-0 lead in the match.
SNHU clung to a 7-6 edge in set No. 3 when kills from junior Priscila Castro (Belo Horizonte, Brazil), Costales and Coronis, along with a service ace from sophomore Joanne Coffey (Merrimack, N.H.), extended the lead to 12-6. A pair of kills from junior Jessica Dillon (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) later in the stanza carried a 7-2 spurt that opened the lead to 22-13 for the Penmen. Saint Rose would tally five of the next six points before a kill and ace from Castro put Southern New Hampshire on the board.
The Penmen would notch the first four points of the fourth set and led, 8-5, when a 7-1 surge – with a pair of kills from Castro – gave them a commanding 15-6 advantage. Saint Rose would climb back into it with a 9-3 counter-run, but a pair of kills from sophomore Jaclyn Maguire (Rochester, N.H.) underscored a 6-3 spurt that gave SNHU a 24-18 lead. The Golden Knights then scored three straight, but Costales put them away with a kill that tied the match at two.
Saint Rose led, 3-2, early in the fifth and deciding set when a 9-2 blitz – with two more Maguire kills – uncorked an 11-5 lead for Southern New Hampshire. The visitors would tally four of the next seven points before an attack error gave the Penmen the victory.
Castro turned in a double-double of 11 kills and 10 digs, while rattling off three aces. Dillion narrowly missed out on a triple-double with eight kills, 33 assists and 10 digs. Costales also recorded eight kills, to go with four blocks. Maguire posted seven kills and four digs, while senior Kathleen Schurman (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) collected 28 digs.
-Southern New Hampshire outhit Saint Rose in the final three sets, as well as .149-.143, overall.
-The Penmen have now won seven of their last 11.
-The win keeps SNHU's Northeast-10 postseason hopes alive, but it is on the outside looking in at the moment, as one of four teams vying for the final two spots. Even a win in Saturday's regular-season finale does not guarantee an NE10 Championship berth.
-Coronis is 23 kills away from becoming the program's all-time leader.
The Penmen wrap up their regular season Saturday, Nov. 11 (1 p.m.) when they play host to Le Moyne College on Senior Day at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
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