Gators Drop Two at Suffolk Tri-Match

BOSTON, Mass. – Pine Manor dropped a pair of Great Northeast Athletic Conference matches to Mount Ida College and Suffolk University as part of a GNAC tri-match on Saturday October 23.

After defeating host Suffolk, Mount Ida finished the day at 2-0 by defeating Pine Manor 3-0 (25-21, 25-10, 25-21). Sophomore Devyn Frank (Mystic, CT/Fitch) finished with a match high 10 kills while senior Chelsea Darnell (Dublin,OH/Dublin Scioto) had 8 kills for the Mustangs, who improved to 19-6 overall and 7-3 in GNAC play.

Mount Ida captured a tight first set, 25-21 before moving on to take the second set by a convincing 25-10 margin. Pine Manor rallied back after the tough second set but once again it was Mount Ida that would take the final set, just as they took the first, 25-21.

Sophomore Alie Johnston (Winnipeg, Manitoba/River East Collegiate) led the way for the Gators with 6 kills, while junior Jennifer Gross (Coral Springs, FL/Coral Glades) and freshman Imara Jackson (Malden, MA/Mystic Valley Charter) each tallied 3 kills for the Gators. Pine Manor also received 2 kills from sophomore Aponi Washington (Brockton, MA/Brockton).

In Pine Manor’s second match of the day the Gators took on Suffolk University. However, it was Suffolk that would secure a 3-2 (25-20, 8-25, 25-23, 18-25, 11-15) victory over Pine Manor. After dropping three straight sets to Mount Ida, the Gators started off the match with 25-21 set victory. However, Suffolk would rally to take an impressive 25-8 victory in the second set, tying the match a set apiece. In the third set, Gross and Johnston led the charge for Pine Manor helping the Gators to take the set 25-23. Gross tallied 9 kills in the match, while Johnston finished with 7 kills to go along with 4 service aces. Freshman Ashley Carusone (Nashua,NH/Nasua North) also finished the match with 4 service aces for the Gators.

Trailing two sets to one, Suffolk went back to work. The Rams rallied to take the fourth set 25-12. Freshman Maggie Hillman (North Andover, MA/Central Catholic) had a match-high 19 kills, while senior Julie Sullivan (Haverhill, MA/Haverhill) had 35 set assists to set the pace for the Rams.

Having captured the fourth set, Suffolk picked up where it left off in taking a 15-11 victory in the deciding fifth set. With the win, Suffolk moved to 11-17 overall, 4-6 GNAC. Pine Manor finished the day at 6-14 overall, 1-8 GNAC.

Pine Manor will host its final home match of the season on Monday October 25. The Gators take on another GNAC opponent when it plays host to Emmanuel College at 7pm.

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