WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Sophomore Emily Vigue (Lebanon, Conn.) had 18 kills, 17 digs and three aces on the day as the University of Saint Joseph volleyball team split a non-conference tri-match Saturday at the O'Connell Center.
USJ topped Mitchell 3-0 (25-22, 25-14, 25-19) in its opening match of the day for its first victory of the young season. Mount Holyoke then defeated USJ 3-1 (25-14, 25-23, 19-25, 25-18) in the finale.
St. Joseph featured a balanced hitting attack against Mitchell (0-2). Vigue and Ciara Perez (Manchester, Conn.) each had seven kills for the Blue Jays and Megan Williams (Lakeville, Conn.) and Amanda Dondero (Mastic, N.Y.) each had six.
The Blue Jays rallied from an early 11-7 deficit in the first set and pulled even at 11 after Elizabeth Tuazon (Mystic, Conn.) served up three winners. After some back-and-forth, USJ took the lead for good at 19-18 on a kill from Perez and Vigue served an ace for the final point. USJ had its best hitting performance of the season, putting away 31 kills against 19 errors on 84 swings.
In each of the last two sets, USJ trailed early at 4-3 before taking the lead for good and slowly edging away throughout the sets. Williams put away the final point of the match on a set from Tuazon.
Against Mount Holyoke (5-0), the Blue Jays never led in the first set, but did hold manage a 22-19 edge deep into the second. But four hitting errors and a bad served allowed Mount Holyoke to win, 25-23. Undaunted, USJ only trailed in the third set after the first point and Cassandra Grimaldi (Manchester, Conn.) had three kills in a bounce-back third set win.
USJ built a 15-12 lead in the fourth, but Mount Holyoke's Kristina Weld (Warwick, Mass.) had one solo block and teamed with Emma Sweeting (Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.) on two more on a decisive 10-point run for the Lyons.
Saint Joseph (1-4) next plays at Bay Path, Wed. Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.