WALTHAM, Mass. – Down 11-8 in the fifth set, the Bentley University Falcons closed with seven unanswered points to defeat Saint Anselm College in Northeast-10 Conference women's volleyball Tuesday night at Stoutenburgh Gym and extend their winning streak to seven matches. The scores were 25-21, 27-25, 23-25, 16-25 and 15-11.
Five Falcons put up double-doubles for Bentley, including senior co-captain Rachel Bruno (San Diego, Calif./Francis Parker School), who hit .600 with 12 kills and no errors in 20 swings and also made a career-high 11 digs.
Bentley, which had dropped the previous two sets after winning the first two, drew even with the Hawks (9-7, 1-1 NE10) with a Saint Anselm attack error, a shared block by Bruno and senior Dani Milner (Plano, Texas/The Greenhill School) and a Hawk service error.
The run continued with another attack error by the home team, kills by Milner and senior setter Xio Lopp (Kalispell, Mont./Flathead HS) and the Hawks' ninth attack error of the final set.
Three straight points, including kills from Milner and Bruno, erased a 25-24 deficit and gave Bentley a 27-25 set two win and its 20th consecutive set win. That streak ended when Saint Anselm pulled out a close win in the third set.
Milner led Bentley (12-4, 2-0 NE10) in kills with a season-high 15 and also provided the Falcons with 13 digs and two blocks.
Also providing double-doubles were Lopp, senior co-captain Emily Barthelmes (Buchanan, N.Y./Hendrick Hudson HS) and junior Kirsten Segaline (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain HS). Lopp finished with 32 assists, 16 digs and three blocks, and Barthelmes recorded 19 digs and 11 assists. Segaline's sixth double-double included 11 kills, 16 digs and two aces.
Freshman Caroline Belmontex (San Diego, Calif.) served five of Saint Anselm's 14 aces, and senior Catie McCarthy (Warrenton, Va.) had 16 kills and 12 digs for the Hawks.
Bentley, riding its longest winning streak since eight consecutive wins in 2015, will play at Assumption College Friday and will host St. Michael's College on Saturday.