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Southern Maine Volleyball Falls to Wentworth and Regis

Sophomore Molly Mawhinney (photo by Jason Johns).
Sophomore Molly Mawhinney (photo by Jason Johns).

Huskies Travel to Lasell on Tuesday

            WESTON, Mass. -- The University of Southern Maine women's volleyball team dropped a pair of non-conference matches Saturday afternoon falling to Wentworth Institute of Technology, 3-1 (25-10, 21-25, 25-15, 25-23), and host Regis College, 3-0 (25-16, 26-24, 25-20), at Higgins Court.

            The pair of losses dropped the Huskies below .500 and extended their losing skid to three.  The Huskies head into the final two weeks of the regular season with a 12-13 overall record.  Wentworth defeated Regis in the first match of the day, 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 28-26, 27-25), to improve to 18-5.  With the split of its two matches, Regis is 9-14 overall.

            In their opening match, the Huskies were quickly dispatched in the opening set against Wentworth.  The Leopards attacked at a .444 success rate while the Huskies finished the set at .000.  The Huskies rebounded in the second set to attack at a .400 rate to even the match at a set apiece.

            In the pivotal third set, the Leopards jumped out to an early lead and maintained it throughout.  Up 17-14, the Leopards closed the third set with an 8-1 run.  Both sides had leads in the final set before Wentworth pulled away from an 18-18 tie to win the match.

            Sophomores Jade Iadarola (Miami, Fla./Rye (N.Y.)) and Mary Zlotosch (Durham, N.H./Dover) combined for 25 kills for the Leopards.  Freshman Jordan Chapman (Clearwater, Fla./Osceola Fundamental) passed out 29 assists.  Senior Leah Rogoz (Woodridge, Ill./Downers Grove North) contributed eight kills, six service aces, and 10 digs.

            Junior Jamie Jannarone (Windham, Maine) and rookie Joie Hared (South Salem, N.Y./John Jay) led the Huskies with nine kills apiece.  Sophomore Molly Mawhinney (South Portland, Maine) added eight kills.  Sophomore Sophie Lindsay (Pasadena, Calif.) picked up her eighth double-double of the season with 21 assists and 11 digs.  Junior libero Lauren Delissio (Hebron, Conn./RHAM) led all players with 16 digs.

            Regis took the final match in straight sets.  The Pride took the lead on the third set of the first set and steadily increased their lead throughout the set.  In the second set, the Huskies were a point shy of evening the match before junior Julia Pelland (Brockton, Mass./Norfolk Aggie) had three straight kills to give the Pride a 2-0.  In the final set, the Pride used a 5-1 run late in the set to expand a one-point lead, 15-14, into a five-point advantage.  The Huskies got within three on two occasions, but a Pelland kill closed out the match.

            Pelland led all players with 13 kills.  Senior Katryna Veasey (Quincy, Mass./Archbishop Williams) added 11 kills.  Rookie Tori Ondris (Mineola, N.Y.) and sophomore Emily Fagundo (Dover, N,H,) combined with 32 assists.  Sophomore Mica van der Meulen (Colorado Springs, Colo./Rampart) had a team-high 16 digs.

            Jannarone and sophomore Kacey Foerster (Scarborough, Maine) led the Huskies' attack with eight kills.  Hared chipped in with six kills.  Lindsay posted another double-double with 15 assists and 16 digs.

            Southern Maine travels to Lasell College for a non-conference match on Tuesday (7 p.m.).