Huskies Down Rhode Island College 3-2; Fall to Colby 3-1
GORHAM, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine Huskies women's volleyball clinched a berth in the upcoming Little East Conference tournament by defeating visiting conference foe Rhode Island College in five sets, 3-2 (22-25, 25-12, 25-23, 24-26, 15-10), on Senior Day on Saturday afternoon at the Warren Hill Gymnasium.
In a non-conference match later in the day, Southern Maine dropped a 3-1 decision (25-16, 25-20, 17-25, 25-11) to Colby College. Colby defeated Rhode Island College in the middle match 3-1 (25-21, 21-25, 25-15, 25-15).
With the split, Southern Maine heads into the final week of regular-season play at 14-15 overall and 4-3 in Little East play. With its two non-conference wins, Colby improved to 9-16. Rhode Island College dropped to 7-16 overall and 1-7 in LEC matches.
In a nail-biting opening match against RIC, the Huskies pulled out the win by winning five consecutive points to take the decisive fifth set. USM put itself in a hole dropping the first set after leading nine (20-11). The Huskies roared back to take the next two sets to go up 2-1. The Anchorwomen would prevailed in the fourth set to push the match into a deciding fifth set.
Down 9-10, the Huskies tied the score on a kill from junior Jamie Jannarone (Windham, Maine), and took the lead for good on a service ace from senior Megan Gettings (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Eastern). Three straight kills from sophomore Molly Mawhinney (South Portland, Maine) put the Huskies at the door. Jannarone and senior Kylee Austin (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) combined for a blocking point to close out the set, and the match.
USM sophomore Sophie Lindsay (Pasadena, Calif.) finished with a triple-double posting 15 kills, 28 assists and a match-high 24 digs. Lindsay also had six service aces. Gettings had a double-double with a match-high 17 kills and 15 digs, and Mawhinney also earned a double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs. Austin and Jannarone had 10 kills apiece. Rookie Cassidy Gibb (Lee, N.H./Oyster River) also had 24 assists, and junior Lauren Delissio (Hebron, Conn./RHAM) had 13 digs.
Sophomore Amelia Murphy (North Attleboro, Mass.) shared game-high honors with Gettings knocking down 17 kills. Junior Jenaeya Evans (Marietta, Ga./Hillgrove) had a double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs. Senior Jacqueline Jutras (Foster, R.I./Ponaganset) dished out 36 assists and had eight digs. Junior Samantha Borges (Swansea, Mass./Joseph Case) led the Anchorwomen with 20 digs.
Against Colby, Gettings came back to swing for 11 kills and earned another double-double with 10 digs. Lindsay had 17 assists and 11 digs. Jannarone had eight kills, and Mawhinney added seven.
Colby had five players post six of more kills led by junior Simone Sears (Hebron, Conn./Loomis Chaffee) with eight. Rookie Natalie Bumpus (Concord, Mass.), senior Nicole Petherbridge (Tewksbury, Mass.) and junior Elizabeth Middlebrook (Ridgefield, Conn.) all had seven kills. Rookie setter Morgan Selby (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) had a double-double with 16 assists and 16 digs.
Southern Maine will finish the regular season with three road matches next week. The Huskies will travel to Colby-Sawyer College on Wednesday evening, and close the season with a tri-match at Little East Conference foe Keene State College.
Seedings for the LEC tournament that begins on November 5th will be announced next weekend after the conclusion of the regular season.