Volleyball wraps up regular season at home tri-match

Margaret O’Brien ’18 made 14 blocks through eight sets on Saturday (Josh McKee photo).
Margaret O’Brien ’18 made 14 blocks through eight sets on Saturday (Josh McKee photo).

The Hamilton College volleyball team hosted a tri-match with Morrisville State and St. Lawrence University at Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Saturday. Hamilton defeated Morrisville 3-1 before surrendering 3-1 to St. Lawrence.

The Continentals won the first set 25-21 and Morrisville (20-6 overall) escaped the second with a 25-23 win. Hamilton won the next two sets by scores of 25-22 and 25-15.

The Mustangs previously defeated Hamilton in five sets at the Wells College tri-match on Sept. 23.

Courtney Brown '18 smashed 12 kills with two errors in 32 attacks for a .312 hitting percentage. Christine Zizzi '18 had 18 digs and Meghan Wilkinson '19 had 16. Kendall Searcy '20 and Dorothy Poucher '21 each delivered three service aces. Margaret O'Brien '18 made six blocks at the net and Kyndal Burdin '18 gave out 41 assists.

Megyan Merrill recorded a double-double with a match-high 16 kills and 16 digs for Morrisville. Samantha Wolf had 21 digs. Amelia Baratier made five blocks and Kim Dunkleman served three aces.

Hamilton won the first set 25-18 against St. Lawrence (18-11), but the Saints took the next three by set scores of 25-22, 25-23 and 25-19. St. Lawrence was defeated 3-1 by Morrisville prior to the match.

Burdin had a team-high 17 digs and 27 assists for her 10th double-double of the season. Giuliana Rankin '20 slammed 11 kills, Zizzi picked up 15 digs and O'Brien had eight blocks.

Three Saints recorded double-doubles for St. Lawrence. Grace Kelly had 18 kills and 13 digs, Masha Kolesnikova had 16 kills and 10 digs, and Katie Kull gave out 53 assists and picked up 13 digs. Ally Good had a match-high 30 digs.

Hamilton (14-8, 7-3 NESCAC) is back on the court Friday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. for their 2017 NESCAC Volleyball Championship quarterfinal matchup against Amherst College (16-9, 5-5 NESCAC). The entire NESCAC championship will be played at top-seeded Tufts University in Medford, Mass.