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

Huskies Sweep Rhode Island College & UMaine Presque Isle

Freshman Kristina Rubico
Freshman Kristina Rubico
GORHAM, Maine  -  Freshman Kristina Rubico (Chelmsford, Mass.) had a monster game swinging for a match-high 17 kills on 36 attempts with just one error to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to its first Little East Conference win since the 2004 season with a 3-0 win over the Rhode Island College Anchorman.  USM also defeated UMaine Presque Isle in its second match of day.  The Huskies defeated Rhode Island College 3-0 (25-20, 25-21 and 25-9) and the Owls 3-0 (25-10, 25-14, and 25-13).  Rhode Island College defeated UMPI 3-0 (27-25, 25-14 and 25-16).

With the sweep Southern Maine improves to 21-8 overall and 1-4 in the Little East.  The Huskies 3-0 win over Rhode Island College marked the programs first conference victory since the 2004 season when they defeated UMass Boston 3-2 on October 5. It also marked the first time that Southern Maine has won 20 matches in a season since 1986 when USM finished the year 20-20. The school record for wins is 22 set in 1976 when the Huskies were 22-12. Rhode Island College stands at 3-24 overall and 0-5 in the Little East with the split.  Suffering a pair of losses UMaine Presque Isle remains winless at 0-15.

Rubico hit for an outstanding 44.4 percent and came up big in the third set with 10 of her match-high 17 kills as the Huskies overcame a 9-5 deficit to secure the win.  Rubico added five service aces and 11 digs in a solid overall performance.  Freshman Megan Nilson (Granby, Conn.) had a solid game setting for 28 assists with five digs, while sophomore Renee Trottier (Biddeford, Maine) had five service aces and seven digs.

Rhode Island College was led by seven kills from sophomore Lauren Palazzini (Woonsocket, R.I./Mount St. Charles) and six kills from senior Amanda Cabral (Riverside, R.I./East Providence). 

Rubico again paced the Huskies in their final match of the day connecting for seven kills on 14 attempts, adding a pair of service aces.  Freshmen Ali Stewart (Madbury, N.H./Oyster River) and Karina Zellou (Marshfield, Maine/Machias) each had six kills.  Nilson played another strong match with 34 assists.  

Southern Maine travels to Keene State College on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.) for a Little East Conference match.