South Hadley, M.A. – September 8, 2018 - The Pratt Institute women's volleyball team dropped a pair of matches in their first tri-match of the 2018 campaign, as the Cannoneers were bested by Newbury College and Mount Holyoke in three sets at the Howard Gym. Pratt is now 1-4 on the year.
Pratt was narrowly defeated by Newbury by set scores of 28-26, 25-22, 25-15, and then fell to the Lyons of Mount Holyoke by set scores of 25-20, 26-24, 25-12.
Leading the Cannoneers were outside hitter Emelen Mikelic, and right side Madeline Markley, who combined for 27 kills on the day, while junior outside Marlena Todd finished with seven in the two matches. Freshman setter Avery Toomes registered 33 assists on the day, while freshman right side Ivana Santascoy had 16 digs overall.
Pratt Institute will resume action on Friday, September 14 when it takes on Centenary (N.J.) at 5:00 PM back in the Pratt ARC Building.
Newbury College 3, Pratt Institute 0 -- Game One
Pratt lost a close match to open the tri-match victory against Newbury College in Howard Gym on Saturday afternoon, as the Cannoneers dropped to 1-3 on the year. In the loss, Mikelic was impressive, with nine kills and 13 digs. Shannon Corr chipped in with five kills and seven digs, while Markley added six kills and seven digs as well. As a team, the black and yellow hit .147 as it totaled 31 kills compared to the Nighthawks' 28.
Toomes registered a match-best 23 assists, setting a new career-high, while Julia Kubak added five herself.
Pratt jumped out to an early 10-6 lead in the first set on an attack error from Newbury, following a run of three straight service aces from Markley. After a kill from Mikelic to make it 18-14, another kill from the sophomore gave the Cannoneers game point, 24-23. After back-to-back points for the Nighthawks, Markley had a kill off a set from Toomes to tie the score at 26-26. Newbury ended game one following a bad set and an attack error from Pratt, 28-26.
In the second set, a kill from Oliver Buika made it 15-12 Pratt before the Nighthawks went on a 5-0 run to regain the lead 17-15. A kill from Corr made it 24-21, Newbury, followed by an attack error by the Nightowls to cut the lead to two. Newbury's Natalia Ortiz Arce landed a kill to take game point, and the second set.
An attack error by Newbury, and a service ace from Toomes, gave Pratt an early 2-0 lead in the third set, before the Nighthawks would go on a 10-2 run to take a 14-4 lead. A kill from Corr would cut the lead to eight at 18-9, but that would be the closest the Cannoneers got in the third and final set, as Newbury held on to win 25-15.
Mount Holyoke 3, Pratt 0 -- Game Two
The trio of Mikelic, Markley, and Todd combined for 16 kills but it wasn't enough for the Cannoneers to avoid its second three-set sweep of the day, as Mount Holyoke won by set scores of 25-20, 26-24, 25-12.
Markley led the way as she had seven kills on 16 swings, hitting at a .250 clip. Toomes was able to show off her versatility, as she totaled 5 digs, to go along with 10 assists.
After falling behind 11-3, Pratt went on a 5-0 run, which included a pair of kills from Mikelic to cut into the hosts lead, 11-8. A service error, followed by back-to-back attach errors by the black and yellow lead to the Lyons taking a 24-18 lead. A kill from Todd, followed by an attack error by Mount Holyoke made the score 24-20 but the Lyons' Sasha Simine responded with a kill to seal game one.
Pratt jumped out to a 6-1 lead, highlighted by two service aces by Todd, and continued to push the lead to 11-4, following a few attack errors by the home team. From there, the Lyons clawed back to take the lead, 23-20, before a kill from Yessenia Sanchez brought Pratt to within one, 23-24. An attack error from Mount Holyoke had the score tied up at 24 but the hosts responded with a pair of kills to take game two, 26-24.
Heading to the third set, a kill from Sanchez cut the Lyons' lead to five, 11-16 before Mount Holyoke would rattle off seven unanswered points to make it 23-11. Back-to-back attack errors on the Cannoneers closed out the match, as the hosts took the third and final set, 25-12.