Curry College, 3; Emmanuel College, 2 (25-23, 10-25, 21-25, 25-23, 15-9)
Emmanuel College Saints (3-2)
Curry College Colonels (1-5)
Boston, Mass. – Andy Yosinoff Gymnasium
Thursday, September 13, 2018
THE LEAD: Trailing 2-1 in the match with a 15-7 fourth set deficit, the Curry College women's volleyball team rallied past host Emmanuel College for a dramatic 3-2 comeback victory on Thursday evening in non-conference action at the Andy Yosinoff Gymnasium.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Following an even first set that went in favor of Curry, 25-23, the host Saints responded with a dominant performance in the second stanza with a convincing 25-10 route to even the match a 1-1.
- In the third set, both teams held leads in another high intensity frame. The Colonels build up a 21-17 advantage following a kill from freshman outside hitter Amanda Wood (Tokyo, Japan) but the Saints answered with an 8-1 run to close out the set with a 25-22 win behind the service game of senior Katherine Journeay (Hampton, N.H.)
- The Saints appeared to have control of the match with a 15-7 lead midway through the fourth set but the Colonels never quit, fighting to even the match at 18-18 on another kill by Wood. The squads traded points down the stretch but an Emmanuel hitting error followed by kill from freshman Rachel Damstra (Houston, Tex.) sealed the 25-23 win to force a decisive fifth frame.
- In the final set, Curry set the tone early to take a 7-3 lead on a smart shot from Damstra and never looked back. Emmanuel cut it to two points (9-7) but it was the closest they came as the Colonels held on for the 15-9 win to take the match 3-2.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Journeay finished the contest with a match-high 22 digs and during the first set notched her 1,000th career dig to become the eighth player to join the Emmanuel Grand Club in digs.
- Junior outside hitter Marissa Cataldo (Melrose, Mass.) led all player with 17 kills while senior outside hitter Mary Shelow (Miami, Fla.) added 13 kills.
- EC senior setter Carly Church (Higganum, Conn.) dished out 42 helpers in the defeat.
- Freshman outside hitter Lexi Pereira (Attleboro, Mass.) paced the Colonels with a team-high 14 kills to go along with 10 digs for a double-double while Wood added 11 winners.
- Junior libero Shea Mathews (Concord, N.H.) paced the defensive effort with 21 digs while junior setter Alexis Bell (Salem, Conn.) passed out 38 assists in the win.
- Emmanuel served up 19 aces on the night compared to just three for the visitors while Curry owned a 16-9 advantage in total blocks.
- The Saints are idle until next Tuesday when they play host to UMass Boston at 7:00 PM.
- Curry is back in action on Saturday in a tri-match against Dean and Regis College at the Weston, Mass. campus.