October 2, 2012


Albany, N.Y. – Senior middle hitter Morgan McDermott (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) registered 17 kills to lead the Le Moyne College volleyball team to a 3-1 win at The College of Saint Rose on Tuesday evening in Northeast-10 Conference action at Nolan Gymnasium. With the victory by the Dolphins, Le Moyne takes a 2-1 lead in the year-long "Upstate Challenge" between the two institutions.

The Golden Knights won the first game of the match by a score of 25-16. Saint Rose opened the game with five of the first seven points. After the Dolphins closed within 8-7, the Golden Knights tallied three straight points to take a four point lead. Le Moyne trimmed its deficit to 14-12 on a service ace by senior outside hitter Bethany Fabian (Lake View, N.Y./Frontier), but Saint Rose answered with seven of the next nine points to force a Le Moyne timeout. After trading points, the Golden Knights put the game away with three consecutive points.

Le Moyne evened the match at one game apiece by taking the second game, 26-24. After the Dolphins scored three of the first four points, the teams alternated 3-0 runs, resulting in a 7-6 Saint Rose lead. The teams kept going back-and-forth, with the lead changing sides six times and the score being tied 15 times. After the Golden Knights took a 22-21 lead, the Dolphins scored three straight points to get within game-point. Following consecutive Le Moyne errors that tied the score at 24, McDermott landed a kill and Saint Rose committed an error to end the game.

The Dolphins took the lead in the match by posting a wire-to-wire victory in the third game, 25-21. Le Moyne opened the game with five of the first six points. After the Golden Knights pulled within 8-6, the Dolphins tallied five straight points, while Saint Rose countered with a 5-0 run of its own. Le Moyne regained control of the game with another 5-0 run. The Golden Knights attempted on last comeback, but could only get within two points (22-20). The Dolphins closed out the game with three of the last four points.

Le Moyne closed out the match by registering a 25-19 win in the fourth game. The Dolphins opened the game with the first five points and eight of the first 10 points to force a Saint Rose timeout. After the Golden Knights closed within 10-6, the Dolphins tallied five straight points to take a nine point lead. Following back-and-forth play that led to Le Moyne's largest lead of the match (19-9), Saint Rose posted four straight points and nine of the next 12 points to close within 22-18. Out of a Le Moyne timeout, McDermott landed a pair of kills around a Saint Rose point to get within match-point. McDermott and junior outside hitter Madison Snow (Huntington Beach, Calif./Marina) then combined for a block to end the match.

McDermott's 17 kills are the second-highest total of her career, ranking only behind the 23 she posted last year at Southern New Hampshire. She also added a match-best five blocks, the fourth time this season with at least five blocks. Fabian recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 10 kills and 10 digs. Senior outside hitter Allison Hebel (Greenlawn, N.Y./Harborfields) also posted 10 kills. Sophomore setter Megan Maisonet (Pine Bush, N.Y./Pine Bush) directed the Le Moyne offense with 44 assists, while adding 10 digs.

Alex Gagliano, who leads the Northeast-10 in hitting percentage by .005 points over McDermott (.406-.401), led the Golden Knights with 13 kills and three blocks. Kelsey Lace added 13 kills and six digs. Ariana Wilson dished out 24 assists, while Tori Daniels handed out 17 assists. Katy Daniels led the Saint Rose defensive effort with 15 digs.

Le Moyne (11-4, 2-1 NE-10), which was swept by the Golden Knights last year, returns to the court on Friday against American International at 7:00 p.m.