2017 Little East Offensive Player of the Year (Jess Williamson)

Southern Maine Falls in Four Sets at Rivier

Sophomore Sophie Lindsay (photo by Jason Johns).
Sophomore Sophie Lindsay (photo by Jason Johns).

Huskies Head to Castleton for a Tri-Match on Saturday

            NASHUA, N.H. -- Senior middle hitter Jess Whyte (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth South) had a match-high 18 kills to lead River University to a 3-1 victory (25-23, 18-25, 25-19, 25-19) over the University of Southern Maine in non-conference women's volleyball action Thursday night at Muldoon Gymnasium.

            The Raiders won their fourth straight match to improve to 10-5 overall.  The Huskies dropped to 5-9 overall.

            Whyte had seven kills to lead the Raiders to a hard-fought, 25-23 win the in the opening set.  The Huskies bounced back to take the second set 25-18.  In the pivotal third set, Whyte knocked down six kills, and sophomore setter Avery Pollard (Ballston Lake, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) chipped in with four kills, as the Raiders took the set, 25-19, and 2-1 lead.  The Raiders closed the match taking the final set 25-19.

            Three USM players, sophomore Sophie Lindsay (Pasadena, Calif.), junior Jamie Jannarone (Windham, Maine) and rookie Joie Hared (South Salem, N.Y./John Jay), led a balanced offense with seven kills apiece.  Lindsay also had 13 assists.

            Rookie Cassidy Gibb (Lee, N.H./Oyster River) led the Huskies with 17 assists, and juniors Rachel Chillé (Yarmouth, Maine) and Lauren Delissio (Hebron, Conn./RHAM) had 16 and 15 digs respectively.

            Pollard, who had all four of her kills in the third set, posted a double-double with 45 assists and 14 digs.  Junior Julia Zargaj (Groveland, Mass./Central Catholic) and senior Taylor Dunster (Sutton, Mass.) contributed 11 kills apiece.  Dunster also had 15 digs to earn a double-double.  Sophomore Sydney Racevicius (Woodbury, Conn./Cheshire Academy) led all players with 17 digs.

            Southern Maine hits the road for a Saturday (10 a.m.) tri-match at Castleton University.  USM will take on Castleton in a Little East Conference match, followed by a non-conference affair against Paul Smith's College.  Rivier is off until next Wednesday (7 p.m.) when it travels to Anna Maria College for a Great Northeast Athletic Conference match.