NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) volleyball team split a non-conference tri-match, defeating Bay Path University 3-0, and falling to Smith College 3-0, inside Ainsworth Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.
The Blue Jays got off to a great start, handling the Wildcats in three straight sets, and winning by an average of 10 points, including a 25-12 first set. In game two, both the Blue Jays and Pioneers were coming off 3-0 wins, but Smith set the tone early and often with their tactical play, taking care of USJ in three sets. The Blue Jays threatened late in the third, but it was too little too late. Senior captain and outside hitter Hannah Benson (Terryville, Conn.) once again led the way for the Blue Jays with 10 kills in the second match.
Game 1: Saint Joseph 3, Bay Path 0
Set Scores: 25-12, 25-16, 25-16
Records: BPU (2-6) USJ (2-1)
Game 2: Saint Joseph 0, Smith 3
Set Scores: 11-25, 18-25, 20-25
Records: USJ (2-2), SC (6-2)
Location: Ainsworth Gymnasium | Northampton, Mass.
COACH QUOTE [Sheila Gisbrecht] "Overall it was a good day of work. Bay Path has a scrappy squad and forced us to refine our offense and be patient to terminate. We had some players step up in different roles against Smith. Katina [Nanos] stepped up in her defensive leadership at libero, and Claire [Quinn] had a great day on the outside for us. We have good a perspective for our GNAC opener on Wednesday."
- First-ever match between Smith and USJ.
- The Blue Jays are 8-2 against Bay Path in the last decade, and have not lost a set to them since 2017.
- Smith double up USJ in assists, 33-16.
- In addition to the 10 kills, Benson also had four service aces.
NUMBER TO KNOW
3.67 – At 3.67 kills per set, Benson currently sits second in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) heading into the Blue Jays conference opener.
USJ is headed home for their GNAC opener, a matchup with the Blazers of Elms College. First set is slated for Wednesday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the O'Connell Center. It will be the first match for head coach Sheila Gisbrecht against her former team.