BOSTON, Mass. -- Junior outside hitter Morgan Weeg (Goodyear, Ariz.) spiked for 14 kills and junior setter Faith Gray-Williams (Las Vegas, Nev.) set for 29 assists to lead the Simmons University women's volleyball team over Saint Joseph's College (Maine), 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-15), this afternoon in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action at Larry E. and Michael S. Smith Court in Boston, Mass. The Sharks have won seven of their last nine and improve to 18-8 overall, including 11-1 in league play, while the Monks fall to 8-20 and 5-6.
Simmons earns the number two seed in the upcoming GNAC Championship Tournament to match its highest seeding in school history from 2017. The Sharks conference record also ties their best from the same season. Simmons will see Saint Joseph's again in just three days, after the Monks secured the number seven seed for the tournament. The Sharks will host SJCME on Tuesday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m. at Moore Gymnasium.
Weeg hit .290 for the match and added three digs, while Gray-Williams fired three aces, picked up seven digs and got up for a block assist for the Sharks. Junior middle blocker Megan Purser (Miami, Fla.) put away nine kills on a .368 hitting mark in addition to four digs and three total blocks and first year Sydney Iannantuono (East Lyme, Conn.) got down for a match-high 13 digs to go with six kills and a block assist. First year defensive specialist Gabriela Hernandez (San Francisco, Calif.) scooped up 11 digs to contribute to the Simmons defensive effort.
Sophomore middle blocker Sarah Quinn (Dover, N.H.), junior middle blocker Erin Olson (Stoughton, Mass.), sophomore outside hitter Olivia Kent (Ellington, Conn.) all contributed with seven kills apiece for Saint Joseph's. Quinn also added eight digs and four block assists, while Kent chipped in with five digs and a block assist. First year setter Hannah Holden (Stoughton, Mass.) set for 19 assists and picked up five digs, while junior libero Madison Provencher (Rochester, N.H.) scooped up 13 digs for the Monks.