BOSTON, Mass. -- Simmons Volleyball fell to Fenway neighbor Emmanuel College 3-1 (26-24, 21-25, 25-15, 25-19) in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action Tuesday night at the Holmes Sports Center. The Sharks move to 8-22 overall and 6-3 in the GNAC, while the Saints remain undefeated in the conference at 9-0 and 19-10 overall.
In game one, the Saints took an early 10-3 lead off stellar hitting by Kaitlyn Atinkson and Cassie Chruscielski. Simmons cut the deficit to four as first years Kat Guillotte (New Bedford, Mass.) and Andalyn Duke (Litchfield Park, Ariz.) added kills for the Sharks. Emmanuel went up 22-16 but Simmons fought back with four-straight points to trail by two. Chruscielski threw down a kill to give the Saints a 23-20 lead and Danielle Rose added point 24 as the Sharks took a timeout. Simmons senior Megan Chamberlin (Milford, Mass.) buried two kills and Morgan Kieon (North Attleboro, Mass.) added another as the Sharks tied the game at 24. But two Simmons errors gave the Saints the win, 26-24.
Simmons dominated in game two with strong play sophomore Nicole Alberghini (Northborough, Mass.) and Rossi Fish (North Attleboro, Mass.), who added 10 and 6 kills, respectively. With the game tied at 10, Chamberlin added an ace and Alberghini, Guillotte and Fish all added kills for the lead. But the Saints tied the game at 19 all as Atkinson, Sarah Colby and Chruscielski found holes in the Sharks defense. The Sharks took advantage of two Saints errors and Fish added an ace for a 22-19 lead. Kieon and Alberghini each added kills to tie the match 1-1.
Emmanuel trailed just once in game three as Atkinson added four kills and Chruscielski added three in the Saints 10-6 opening lead. Chamberlin added an ace for the Sharks but the Saints went on to hit .400 and took a 2-1 lead, 25-15.
Both teams played exceptional defense in game four. The Sharks took a 6-5 lead off of four Saints errors but Chruscielski hit two kills in a row to regain the lead, 7-6. After swapping points, the Saints emerged with a 14-11 lead but two errors erased the margin to one. Errors plagued the Sharks as Emmanuel went up 17-14 and Chruscielski and Tutalo added the final kills as the Saints rolled to a 3-1 win.
Saints sophomore Shannon Dudley posted a season-high 49 assists, while Simmons first year Andalyn Duke added 28.
The Sharks return to action on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Johnson & Wales for a GNAC tri match with Anna Maria. The Saints host a tri match with Rivier University in a battle for first place in the GNAC standings and the University of Saint Joseph on the same date.