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

Southern Maine Volleyball Sweeps Eastern Connecticut and Curry

Sophomore Kacey Foerster (photo by Jason Johns).
Sophomore Kacey Foerster (photo by Jason Johns).

Southern Maine Sweeps Eastern Conn. and Curry

            GORHAM, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine women's volleyball earned a pair of wins Saturday defeating visiting Eastern Connecticut State University 3-1 (15-25, 25-14, 25-20, 25-21) in a Little East Conference match, and Curry College by a 3-1 count (25-22, 23-25, 25-23, 25-13) in a non-conference match at the Warren Hill Gymnasium.

            The two wins lifts the Huskies' overall record to 9-10 on the season.  The LEC win against ECSU gets the Huskies to .500 at 2-2 in the conference.  Eastern Connecticut salvaged a split on the day defeating Curry in straight sets (25-21. 25-18, 25-13) to finish the day at 9-6 overall and 3-1 in LEC play.  Curry slips to 10-7 overall with the two non-conference losses.

            Sophomores Kacey Foerster (Scarborough, Maine) and Sophie Lindsay (Pasadena, Calif.) paced the Huskies posting double-doubles in both matches.  Against Eastern, Foerster had a match-high 13 kills to go along with 14 digs while Lindsay posted 11 kills and 19 assists.

            In  the second match against Curry, Foerster had 13 kills and a match-high 17 digs.  Lindsay again had 11 kills and dished off 34 assists.  Junior Jamie Jannarone (Windham, Maine) also had 11 kills against Curry as USM compiled a .309 attack percentage. 

            Rookie Cassidy Gibb (Lee, N.H./Oyster River) distributed 18 assists against Eastern and 16 against Curry.  Juniors Lauren Delissio (Hebron, Conn./RHAM) and Rachel Chillé (Yarmouth, Maine) combined for 19 and 17 digs, respectively, over the two matches.

            Eastern Connecticut, which came into the match with USM unbeaten in conference play, was led up front by its two middle hitters, sophomore Anna Barry (Andover, Conn/RHAM) and senior Lydia Nidermo (Willington, Conn.).  Barry had eight kills against the Huskies (and 15 more against Curry) while Nidermo added six kills.  Junior outside hitter Abby Stern (Manchester, Conn./East Catholic) also had six kills and 10 digs.  Stern would later pound down 18 kills in the Warriors' win over Curry.

            Senior setters Mckenzie Maneggia (Andover, Conn./RHAM) and Sierra Orr (Woodland, Mass.) combined for 30 assists.  Sophomore Madison Bell (Salem, Conn./East Lyme) and junior Alaetra Long (Lincoln, Neb.) each had 13 digs for the Warriors.

            For Curry, sophomore Lexi Pereira (Attleboro, Mass.) knocked down a match-high 20 kills against the Huskies.  Sophomore Rachel Damstra (Houston, Texas) dished out 37 assists, and senior Lex Bell (Salem, Conn./East Lyme) had a team-high 16 digs.

            Southern Maine will host Husson University on Tuesday (7 p.m.) for a non-conference match that concludes a four-match homestand.  Eastern Connecticut is off until next Saturday (12 p.m.) when it travels to LEC rival Keene State College for a tri-match.  Curry will be at home on Tuesday (6 p.m.) hosting Gordon College in a Commonwealth Coast Conference match.