GORHAM, Maine – Freshmen Amanda Keppel (Springfield, Pa./Merion Mercy) and Kristina Rubico (Chelmsford, Mass.) led the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 3-2 win over the Daniel Webster College Eagles in a non-conference women's volleyball match Wednesday evening at Hill Gymnasium in Gorham, Maine. USM defeated the Eagles 20-25, 25-21, 25-15, 19-25 and 15-6.
With the win the Huskies improve to 2-1 overall and record their first win over the Eagles in a three-match history. Daniel Webster falls to 0-1 suffering a season-opening loss.
Keppel had a team-high nine kills, adding three service aces, two solo blocks and a block assist. Rubico tossed in eight kills, 15 digs and a match-high five service aces. Sophomore Kelsey Abramson (Deerfield, Mass./Frontier Regional) added eight kills, two solo blocks and a block assist. Freshman Megan Nilson (Granby, Conn.) orchestrated the Huskies' attack with 25 assists, adding 11 digs and a pair of kills.
Freshman Samantha Betts (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Alta Loma) led the Eagles with nine kills and 14 digs. Junior Sarah Durocher (Keene, N.H.) added seven kills and four aces. Senior setter Ally Hayden (Bedford, N.H.) had 16 assists, 10 digs and four kills.
Southern Maine travels to Curry College on Saturday (11:00 a.m.) for a tri-match including Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Daniel Webster competes at Wentworth Institute of Technology with Mount Ida on Saturday (12:00 p.m.).