Knights shine as Pratt falls to Mount Saint Mary, 3-0

Knights shine as Pratt falls to Mount Saint Mary, 3-0

BROOKLYN -- The Cannoneers fell to 7-2 with a 3-0 loss to visiting Mount Saint Mary College Thursday night in women's volleyball play at the Pratt ARC.

Junior Rachel Goatley led the Cannoneers with six kills on 13 attacks for a match-best .308 attack percentage, and Talya Polat led the team with 16 digs. Senior Hannah Calderwood's four blocks marked a match high, but Pratt hit only .022 as a team in dropping its second straight.

For the Knights, Rachel Sabatini and Angelia Cirigliano tied for match-high honors with eight kills each, and Madelyn Barberan led all players with 17 digs.

Pratt was undone by errors throughout the night, making 13 on the attack, 11 on service returns, and five ball-handling errors.

After a Megan Williams service ace, the Knights opened up a 7-2 lead, and one of Kristin Maddock's match-high three aces upped the lead to 10, at 16-6. On top by 14, one of Morgan Burke's five kills closed out Mount Saint Mary's 25-10 Game 1 win.

The hosts rebounded and led for much of the second set, with Calderwood and Charlotte Burch combining for a block assist at 7-5 and Marlena Todd and Calderwood then pairing for a block that opened up an 8-5 lead. Williams and Burke combined for a block that tied the set at 16-16, and a Todd kill later retied it at 21-21.

Facing game point, a Goatley kill pulled Pratt to within a point at 24-23, but a Cannoneers ball handling error, attack error, and return error then wrapped up the Knights 26-24 win.

One of Abby Nagy's team-high three service aces tied Game 3 at 3-3, and another Goatley kill brought the Cannoneers to within a point, at 10-9. That was as close as Pratt would come for the remainder of the set, as Angela Cirigliano and Maddock kills extended the Knights lead to 14-10. Another Cirigliano kill capped a 7-2 run, and Mount Saint Mary held on for a 25-22 victory.

At 7-2, Pratt returns to play next Thursday at 7:30 at home against King's (NY) College in Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. The first 50 students in attendance receive Cannoneers logo magnets upon entry.