MANCHESTER, N.H. (October 23, 2018) – Franklin Pierce University volleyball freshman middle blocker Breanna Mineweaser (Honey Brook, Pa.) tallied her second straight double-digit kill game, but the Crimson and Grey were saddled with a 3-0 (18-25, 13-25, 22-25) loss against Northeast-10 Conference opponent Saint Anselm College Tuesday evening at the Stoutenburgh Gym. With the win, the Hawks soar to 14-9 overall, 5-5 NE10 and the Ravens lost their 10th league game.
Mineweaser hit .364 in the match for Pierce and totaled one block, two digs, and an assist. Junior outside hitter Sarah Roach (Provo, Utah) paced the Ravens offensive attack with a match-high 12 kills to go along with six digs. Team captain Abigail Garnhart (Colorado Springs, Colo.) tallied seven kills, a .400 hitting percentage, and one dig.
On the defensive end, senior Brittney Carias (Burlingame, Calif.) chipped in 16 digs to go along with four assists and one service ace. Mary Pease (East Haddam, Conn.) dished out 23 assists while recording 10 digs.
Madison Sollows led Saint Anselm with nine kills, three blocks, three aces, two assists, and a .692 hitting percentage. As a team, the Hawks outhit (.295-to-.173) and outblocked (10-to-3) the Ravens.
The Ravens raced out to a 6-4 lead early in the opening set as Pease set Roach for an easy mash. Two consecutive kills by Elise Jolly and Sarah Lowery dished out by Jewel Hays pushed the Hawks ahead 11-8. Mineweaser briefly stopped the Hawks momentum, but SAC exploded for a 9-2 run to increase their edge to 20-11. A Mineweaser kill, a Hawks attack miscue and Carias' only ace of the match dropped the Raven deficit to 22-18. Saint Anselm would win the set by tallying the final three points.
In the second set, Saint Anselm started fast rolling up five consecutive points, which included a dual stuff by Sollows and Elise Jolly. Their lead improved to 7-1 via a Raven attack error. FPU brought the Hawk lead down to three, 7-4 until another expansive 11-1 Hawk binge upped their advantage to 18-5. Pierce continued to battle going on an 8-2 run of their own, a balanced attack with kills from Carias, Roach, and two from Mineweaser made the set 20-13. Saint Anselm rattled off the final five points to hold a commanding 2-0 match lead.
Mineweaser gave the Ravens a 3-1 edge early in the third set. Another bash by the freshman improved their lead to three, 7-4. A Raven block error, two Jordan Schamp kills and a Georgia DuMars service ace drove the hosts back into the lead at 9-8. The teams traded points over the course of the middle portion of the set. Freshmen Corinne McCarthy (Kalamazoo, Mich.) and Mineweaser clogged the net and stuffed Jordan Schamp to regain the lead to FPU at 20-19. However, the Ravens were outscored 6-2 as they fell in three sets.
The Ravens will look to return to the win column this weekend when they host their home finale and senior day contest Saturday against Southern Connecticut State at 12:00 p.m.
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