(with contributions from St. Joseph's Sports Information)
Southern Maine Falls in Five Sets to St. Joseph's
STANDISH, Maine -- The Saint Joseph's College (Me.) women's volleyball rallied from a two-set deficit to defeat the University of Southern Maine 3-2 (20-25, 26-28, 25-19, 25-23, 15-7) in a non-conference match Thursday evening at the Alfond Center.
The victory was the fifth in the last six matches for the Monks since a 3-0 loss to the Huskies two weeks ago, and improved their overall record to 8-9. The Huskies dropped to 11-9 overall with their fifth straight loss.
The Huskies built a 2-0 lead on the strong hitting of junior outside hitter Jess Williamson (Goffstown, N.H.). Williamson had eight kills in each set en route to finishing with a match-high 23 kills.
The tide changed in the third set as the Monks raced out to an 8-1 lead and never looked back. Untimely miscues by the Huskies gave the fourth set, and the momentum, to the Monks and forced the match into a fifth set.
In the decisive set, St. Joseph's opened a 6-1 lead, and was holding a 10-7 lead when the Monks ran off five straight points to take the set, and the match.
Williamson finished the match with a double-double knocking down 23 kills and digging up 18 balls. Senior setter Megan Nilson (Granby, Conn.) and sophomore Nicole Schmitz (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham) also had double-doubles. Nilson passed out 22 assists and had 16 digs while Schmitz had 16 assists and 10 digs.
Senior Victoria Huntley (Ellsworth, Maine) lead the Monks attack with 13 kills and had 14 digs for a double-double. Junior Jordynne Copp (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) added nine kills. Sophomore Sarah Dyer (Seabrook, N.H./Winnacunnet) dished out 26 assists and had eight digs, and classmate Jennelle Thompson (Farmington, N.H.) led all players with 35 digs.
The Huskies are back in action on Saturday (2:00 p.m.) playing Westfield State University and Bridgewater State University in a tri-match at BSU. St. Joseph's will host Mount Ida College and Johnson & Wales University on Saturday (11:00 a.m.).