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Southern Maine Volleyball Prevails Over Eastern Nazarene 3-1

Junior Jamie Jannarone (L) and sophomore Kacey Foerster combined for 30 kills in USM's 3-1 win over Eastern Nazarene College.
Junior Jamie Jannarone (L) and sophomore Kacey Foerster combined for 30 kills in USM's 3-1 win over Eastern Nazarene College.

Jannarone and Foerster Combine for 30 Kills

            QUINCY, Mass. -- Sophomore Kacey Foerster (Scarborough, Maine) and junior Jamie Jannarone (Windham, Maine) combined for 30 kills as the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the Eastern Nazarene College Lions 3-1 (25-20, 25-21, 20-25, 25-23) in non-conference volleyball action Wednesday evening at Lahue PE Center.

            The win lifts the Huskies' overall record to 3-1.  The winless Lions dropped their second match of the season.

            The Huskies rallied from an early deficit to take the first set on a Foerster kill.  In the second set, the Huskies used a 12-3 run to overcome an 18-13 deficit to go up 2-0.  The Lions turned the tables on the Huskies in the third set rallying from a 14-12 deficit with a 13-6 run, keyed by the hitting of sophomore Ruth Aguilar (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) and senior Courtney McCarthy (Merrimack, N.H.).

            In the decisive fourth set, neither team was able to build more than a four-point lead.  The Huskies took an 18-14 lead on a Jannarone service ace.  The Lions came back to tie the set at 23-23, but a kill from senior Megan Gettings (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Eastern) and Jannarone's fourth ace gave the Huskies the set, and the match.

            Foerster finished with a team-high 16 kills and a .314 attacking percentage, to go along with nine digs.  Jannarone had a career-high 14 kills with a .375 attacking percentage, four aces and seven digs.  Gettings chipped in with nine kills.

            Sophomore Sophie Lindsay (Pasadena, Calif.) passed out 39 assists and had seven digs.  Junior libero Lauren Delissio (Hebron, Conn./RHAM) shared match-high honors with 14 digs.

            McCarthy led all players with 24 kills on 52 attacks while McCarthy contributed 21 kills on 45 attacks.  Aguilar finished with a triple-double collecting 22 assists and 13 digs.  McCarthy also had a triple-double adding 18 assists and 11 digs.  Sophomore Amya Altman (Butler, Pa.) shared game-high honors with Delissio with 14 digs.

            Southern Maine returns to the court on Saturday (12 p.m.) for its home opener hosting WPI and Maine Maritime Academy at the Costello Sports Complex.  Eastern Nazarene continues an  eight-game homestand on Friday (6:30 p.m.) entertaining the University of New England.