Wenham, Mass. - The University of Saint Joseph volleyball team was stopped by the Gordon College Fighting Scots on the road on Saturday 3-0. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak and drops the Blue Jays' record to 3-3 overall on the season. With the (25-16, 25-11, 25-14) straight-set win the Fighting Scots improve to 5-6 on the year.
The Fighting Scots controlled the match from beginning to end, jumping out to a commanding 16-8 run in the first set. The Blue Jays tried to slowly chip away at the large Gordon advantage, but the Fighting Scots took the opening set 25-16.
Things only got better in the second set for the Scots, opening an 18-4 lead at one point, which was the team's largest lead to date this season. Saint Joseph rallied for four straight points later in the game, but Gordon close them out 25-11 to take a two-set lead.
The Blue Jays attempted to stage a comeback in the third when they took six straight points to hold an 11-9 edge. However, Gordon went on a 9-1 run coming out of a timeout and never looked back in a 25-14 set victory.
Gordon's even attack helped keep the Blue Jays on edge all morning, as no Scot contributed more than eight kills in the three-setter. Mackenzie Hinds (Higganum, CT) and rookie Amanda Snyder (San Jose, CA) led the charge with eight finishes apiece, while Meghan Hokanson (Coon Rapids, MN) put up five kills.
Maggie Risma (Hudson, OH) dug up 14 balls on defense and Renee Cooprider (Hopkinton, MA) set up 18 balls for kills.
Senior Cassandra Grimaldi (Manchester, CT) led the attack for USJ with three kills. Sophomore setter Brenna Miller (McCleary, WA) finished with eight assists and freshman Demetria Eiger (Phoenix, AZ) posted a team-high seven digs.
The USJ volleyball team will return to action next on Tuesday, Sept. 20 when they travel to Newbury College for a 7 p.m. showdown with the Nighthawks.