MILTON, Mass. - The University of Saint Joseph volleyball team dropped a non-conference road match at the Curry College Colonels inside Katz Gymnasium on Tuesday night, 3-0. The Colonels earned the straight-set victory 25-17, 25-22 and 25-17. With the loss the Blue Jays slip to 10-12 overall on the season, while Curry improves to 9-10 with the victory. USJ will look to rebound when they return to action next on Thursday night at UMass Dartmouth at 7 p.m.
Hannah Lemek (Bristol, CT/Bristol Central) led the way for the Blue Jays in the 3-0 setback with a season-high and team-high nine kills. The junior middle blocker finished the night with an impressive .389 hitting percentage with nine kills against just two errors on 18 total attacks. She also added three digs.
Grace Stafford (West Yarmouth, MA) paced the Colonels attack with 14 kills. Nicole Grambley (North Attleboro, MA) and Alyssa Keeney (Coventry, CT) added five kills apiece, while Courtney Carroll (Fairhaven, MA) registered 12 digs. Keeney led the way for Curry, dishing out 19 assists.
USJ's sophomore setter Breanna Miller (McCleary, WA) handed out 13 assists and freshman libero Demetria Eiger (Phoenix, AZ) paced St. Joseph's with 13 digs. Senior Cassandra Grimaldi (Manchester, CT) also chipped in with seven kills and a block assist for the Blue Jays.
In the first set with the score tied 7-7, the Colonels went on a 4-0 run to go up 11-7. Later in the set Curry extended their lead to six ,21-16, to pull away from the Blue Jays in the opener. The Colonels would only surrender one more point and captured the first set, 25-17.
Saint Joseph's jumped ahead early in the second set, 10-6, and would lead by as many as four. However, the Colonels responded when Erika Costa (Seekonk, MA) knotted the set at 20-20 when she recorded one of her four kills on the match. Curry continued and rattled off four straight points to win the second set and take a 2-0 set advantage.
The third set was even early on, with both teams trading each of the first seven points. The Colonels used runs of three and four points to build their lead to seven at 18-11. Curry then finished the straight set victory when they closed out the third set by a final score of 25-17.
Curry continues their three-game homestand Thursday when they welcome Wentworth for a 6 p.m. match. Saint Joseph's will return to action Thursday when they travel to UMass-Dartmouth for a 7 p.m. contest.