MANCHESTER, N.H. – Southern New Hampshire University took round one, but Saint Anselm College struck back a day later in the never-ending struggle for Manchester college sports dominance.
The Hawks won a five-set thriller on Wednesday night, improving their winning streak to four games after taking three of their last four in Connecticut over the weekend.
SNHU took the first set, 25-20 after taking three of the set’s last four points, but Saint Anselm struck back thanks to a 12-5 start in the second set, leading to a 25-14 second set win that tied up the contest.
The Penmen rallied after another early deficit in the third set, 25-21 but Saint Anselm continued the pressure and took the fourth (25-12) and fifth sets (15-12) to win the match.
Junior Jordan Schamp (Plymouth, Mich.) and senior Catie McCarthy (Warrenton, Va.) carried the load offensively for Saint Anselm, accounting for 31 of the team’s 68 kills on the day. Schamp had a career-high 16 kills and six digs while McCarthy tallied 15 kills on 38 attempts, hitting .364.
Senior Irem Bat (Istanbul, Turkey) registered 10 kills and two aces for the Penmen.
The Penmen are back in action Friday, Sept. 20 when they take part in a tri-match with Millersville University (4:30 p.m.) and host Dominican (N.Y.) College (6:30 p.m.).
Saint Anselm plays again on Friday, Sept. 20 at the American International College Invitational where they will face Assumption, the host Yellow Jackets, Felician and Bridgeport.