Volleyball Fights Back for 3-2 Triumph over American Int’l

Burgess matched her career-high 10 kills and tallied a career-high four aces

Remick saw a team-high 18 kills (PHOTO BY: Andrew Katsampes)

EASTON, Massachusetts (September 26, 2019) – The Stonehill College volleyball team competed in its Northeast-10 Conference opener at Merkert Gymnasium, as the Skyhawks defeated American International College, 3-2, Thursday night.

Stonehill's Abby Remick led the team with 18 kills, as Sophia Poveda recorded her 11th double-double of her career with 12 kills and 16 digs. Sophomore Lauren Wilke tallied a season high of 53 assists, as sophomore Shannon Burgess was the third Skyhawk to register double-digit kills, recording 10 kill and a match-high four aces.

The first game went back-and-forth all the way through, as the Skyhawks saw the longest run of six points, off Burgess' serves, while the Yellow Jackets saw their longest run of four points. After 13 tied scores, Stonehill came up on top 26-24 after back-to-back aces from Carly Russell and a kill from Burgess.

American International saw their highest hitting percentage of the match in the second game, tallying a .351 hitting clip as both teams tied the score 16 times, but once again Stonehill came up on top with a 28-26 score, leading the match 2-0.

Senior Rachel Dunlavy recorded a career-best 30 digs (PHOTO BY: SportsPix/Mike Tureski)

After tying the third game twice, 6-6, the Yellow Jackets controlled the match and didn't let the Skyhawks lead again. With their largest lead of eight, 21-13, American International College quickly fell after Stonehill ran with a 10-3 rally to close the deficit to one, 23-24, before the Yellow Jackets took the final point, 25-23.

Stonehill saw its largest lead of two, 8-6, in the fourth game, before American International College took over the lead and extended its advantage to nine, 25-16, to tie the match at two games apiece.

Stonehill's .353 hitting percentage, which was the highest of the match, helped the Skyhawks fight past American International in the fifth game to come back after a tied contest with a 15-10 victory.

Stonehill will open the month of October with a Conference match against Southern New Hampshire University on Tuesday, October 1 with a start time of 7:00 p.m.

During the month of October, the Skyhawks will be collecting donations for the Side-Out Foundation to help fund breast cancer education and cutting edge research and treatment. If you can not make it to the match on October 5 or would like to donate online, please click here to access the Stonehill Volleyball Side-Out Foundation Campaign.

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