Volleyball splits at Stevens on last day of North Jersey Challenge

Deirdre Corrigan '23 (Josh McKee photo)
Deirdre Corrigan '23 (Josh McKee photo)

The Hamilton College Continentals split two matches on the second and final day of the 2019 North Jersey Challenge at Stevens Institute of Technology's Canavan Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Hamilton (9-10 overall) swept Catholic University in three sets but dropped a three-set match against the hosts later that afternoon. Nikki Matsuoka '21 averaged more than six digs per set during the weekend and represented the Continentals on the all-tournament team. Hamilton is back on the road for a NESCAC match at Connecticut College (6-12, 0-7) on Friday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m.

Hamilton 3 sets, Catholic 0

The Continentals held a commanding 9-0 advantage in service aces and cruised to the victory over the Cardinals by set scores of 25-21, 26-24 and 25-18. Giuliana Rankin '20 smashed 14 kills and added two blocks for the winners. Rankin is second in the conference with 3.51 kills per set and 221 this fall.

Dorothy Poucher '21 cracked nine kills and two aces and Deirdre Corrigan '23 contributed eight kills, 11 digs and two aces for Hamilton. Kendall Boxe '22 registered seven kills and one error in 16 attempts and had two blocks. Emma Parkhurst '21 handed out 38 assists and served two aces and Matsuoka boasted a match-high 23 digs and chipped in two aces.

Josephine Morrill paced Catholic (14-15) with 13 kills. Maria Gonzalez passed out 23 assists, Isabelle Cooper posted three blocks and Patricia Martinez and Christina Ciola recorded 15 and 12 digs, respectively.

The Continentals roared out to an 18-10 cushion in the first set only to watch the Cardinals come all the way back and tie the score at 21-21. Hamilton clinched the set by running off the next four points on a Catholic attack error, two kills by Corrigan and one by Parkhurst.

In the second set the Continentals took a 16-11 lead with six straight points and didn't trail again, although Catholic tied the score twice more at 21-21 and 24-24. Hamilton closed out the set on kills by Jane Fanning '22 and Boxe.

The Continentals grabbed a 2-0 lead in the third set and never trailed. The Cardinals were still within four points at 14-10 but Hamilton blew things open with five consecutive points. The run was highlighted by a kill by Poucher and block assists by Boxe and Jo Dine '22. A Catholic attack error ended the match.

Stevens 3 sets, Hamilton 0

Stevens (13-11) served 10 aces to the Continentals' one and won by set scores of 25-17, 25-17 and 26-24. Corrigan recorded her fifth double-double this season with 11 kills and 14 digs. Rankin hammered 10 kills, Poucher had a season-high five blocks and Parkhurst contributed 24 assists and 11 digs. Matsuoka led all players with 26 digs and is third in the NESCAC with 5.44 per set and 343 this season.

Sara Hain topped the Ducks with 14 kills and Shelby Stewart added 10. Kathleen Riegner dished out 33 assists, Jillian Roumbanis served three aces and Stewart helped lead the defense with three blocks. Elizabeth Chu and Allie Morton led Stevens with 22 digs apiece.