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

Southern Maine Splits Losing to Keene State, Beating Lasell

Junior Jamie Jannarone serves (file photo by Jason Johns).
Junior Jamie Jannarone serves (file photo by Jason Johns).

Southern Maine Splits Losing to Keene State, Beating Lasell

            KEENE, N.H. -- The University of Southern Maine women's volleyball team closed its 2019 regular season by splitting a pair of matches Saturday at Keene State College.  The Huskies dropped their Little East Conference match against the host Owls 3-0 (25-16, 25-12, 25-12) before taking a non-conference match from Lasell University 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-13).

            With the split, the Huskies finish the regular season 16-16 overall and 4-4 in Little East Conference play.  The Huskies will be the sixth seed in the LEC Championship Volleyball Tournament that begins Tuesday night with two first-round matches.  USM will travel to third seeded Plymouth State University.  Keene State will be the fifth seed and head to the University of Massachusetts Boston, the fourth seed.

            Keene State also defeated Lasell 3-0 (25-12, 25-16, 25-21) in the final match of the day.  KSC finished the regular season 23-8 overall and 5-3 in LEC play.  Lasell dropped to 9-21 overall with the two non-conference losses.

            In the opening set against Keene State, the Huskies fell behind 12-4 before responding with a 10-4 run to close to within two, 16-14.  However, the Owls went on a 9-2 run to win the set.  The Owls dominated the final two sets to sweep the match.

            Junior Jamie Jannarone (Windham, Maine) led the USM offense converting for eight kills on 24 attacks.  Senior Megan Gettings (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Eastern) and rookie Joie Hared (South Salem, N.Y./John Jay) contributed six kills apiece.

            Sophomore Sophie Lindsay (Pasadena, Calif.) posted another double-double with 14 assists and 10 digs.  Junior libero Lauren Delissio (Hebron, Conn./RHAM) led the Huskies with 16 digs.

            Keene State had a balanced offensive attack that was successful at a .333 clip (46-10-108).  Senior Kelly Hunt (Milford, Conn./Foran) led the way with 13 kills.  Freshman Sydney Johnson (Brentwood, N.H./Exeter) contributed nine kills, and sophomores Elizabeth Johnson (Rockledge, Fla.) and Ali McLoughlin (Melbourne, Fla.) each had eight.  Sophomore Emilyann Ashford (Silver City, N.M.) finished with six kills.

            Junior Bailey Wilson (Moorpark, Calif./Sierra Canyon) orchestrated the Owls' offense dishing out 34 assists, and served five aces.  Senior Olivia Mathieu (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) led all players with 26 digs, and Sydney Johnson had 16 digs.

            After the break, Southern Maine came back on court to defeat Lasell for the second time in 12 days.  In the opening set, the Huskies took the lead at 2-1 and never looked back.  The Lasers used a quick 3-0 run to get within two (11-9), but the Huskies took five of the next six points to go up 16-10.

            In the middle set, the Huskies rocketed out to a 7-0 lead, but the Lasers responded to eventually grab the lead at 17-16.  A kill from Gettings and three Lasell attacking errors gave the lead, 20-17, back to USM.  After a Lasell timeout, the Huskies closed the set with a 5-2 run to take the set.

            The sides went back and forth in the third set.  Leading by a point, 11-10, the Huskies went on a 14-3 run, highlighted by two aces from Delissio and one from Jannarone, to win the match.

            Lindsay finished with nine kills, nine assists and eight digs for the Huskies.  Gettings chipped in with five kills and 10 digs.  Delissio led all players with 16 digs.  Rookie Cassidy Gibb (Lee, N.H./Oyster River) added seven assists and four digs.

            Sophomore Kiana Perez Diaz (Juncos, P.R.) led the Lasers' offense with 11 kills and had a double-double adding a team-high 15 digs.  Senior Amanda DiLeonardo (West Haven, Conn.) knocked down seven kills.  Junior Katie Schneider (Covina, Calif./Pomona Catholic) dished out 20 assists.