New Haven, Conn. – The Albertus Magnus College women's volleyball team fell to visiting Mount Holyoke, 3-0, on Tuesday evening in non-conference action at The Nest inside the Cosgrove Marcus Messer Athletic Center. The guests came out of the gates strong and fought off rallies from the hosts in the second and third games en route to a 25-9, 25-18, and 25-21 triumph.
The Falcons (6-16) see their two-game out of league winning streak come to an end with the setback, while the Lyons (4-14) ended a three-game skid with their first road victory of the fall.
Senior outside hitter Amber Cohens (Hamden, Conn.) paced the AMC offensive attack with seven kills and all three of the team's service aces. For the second time this autumn, Cohens registered a hitting percentage over .500. Other contributors offensively for the Falcons were freshman outside hitter Ashley David (West Islip, N.Y.) and juniors Ana Gomez (New Haven, Conn.) and Jacqueline Gonzalez (Ansonia, Conn.). Both David and Gonzalez had four kills apiece, while Gomez had three. In the middle, freshman Jesselle Guzman (Santa Teresa, N.M.) and junior Marielis Muriel (New Haven, Conn.) shared the setting duties and combined for 16 assists. Defensively, Guzman had a team-best 10 digs, while Muriel added seven. At the net, Gomez picked up both of the team's blocks.
It was a balanced attack for the guests as four different Mount Holyoke players recorded nine or more kills. Sophomores Joy Maran and Sarah Caggiano along with freshman Sasha Simine all registered 10 kills apiece, while sophomore middle hitter Jamesa Allen racked up nine kills of her own. Maran, Caggiano and Simine all had hitting percentages over .300 for the visitors. In the middle, senior setter Natalie Lyon dished out a match-best 30 assists for MHC. Defensively, Lyon had 10 digs and Caggiano and Allen combined for five blocks.
As a team, Albertus Magnus had 20 kills, three service aces, 38 digs and two blocks. On the opposite side, Mount Holyoke registered 42 kills, nine service aces, 29 digs and eight blocks.
Albertus Magnus returns to action on Saturday, October 22, with a road GNAC tri-match featuring Saint Joseph's (Maine) and host Anna Maria. The Falcons are looking to avenge a pair of setbacks to both the Monks and the AMCATS last autumn.