Gritty Gators knock off Nighthawks with 3-2 comeback win

Box Score

CHESTNUT HILL, MA – Pine Manor stormed back from a 3-1 deficit to upset previously undefeated Newbury, 3-2, in Gators head coach Mike Murphy’s first match as a head coach at the Division III level.

             “It was a huge step for the team,” said Murphy.  “I feel great.”

 

            Pine Manor (1-0) junior Jen Gross (Coral Springs, FL/Coral Glades) led all players with three blocks and 12 kills, hitting .273, while freshman Megan Patch (Bethpage, TN/Red Boiling Springs) posted a match-high 35 set assists in her first college action. Alie Johnston (Winnipeg, MB/River East) chipped in with 11 kills and 10 digs, lifting the Gators down the stretch.

 

            “They’re fantastic players,” Murphy, a Waltham native, said of Gross and Johnston. “Megan [Patch] as well. To walk in as a freshman and basically be the quarterback of the team, which is what the setter is, that’s a lot of weight on her shoulders.  She was able to get the ball to the more experienced players.”

 

            Newbury (2-1) narrowly escaped the opening set with a 25-23 victory after a late Gators comeback fell short. A Johnston ace tied the set at 18-18, and a Gross kill retied it at 23-23, forcing first-year Newbury head coach Chris Taylor to use his first timeout. A Pine Manor kill error followed, and the Nighthawks captured game point following a Talia Martinez (Malibu, CA/Malibu) serve.

 

            “The first set we had the expected struggles as a new team,” Murphy said, “but we had some good play despite that.”

 

            After falling short in Game 1, the Gators took control early in the following set, sprinting out to a 7-1 lead following five straight points on Johnston serves.

 

            “We really turned it on in the second set,” said Murphy.

 

            Newbury battled back to force a Murphy timeout with his team leading 9-8, and the Gators responded with a 5-0 run with Patch serving. A Johnston kill forced Taylor’s second timeout trailing 19-12, and a Gross block iced a 25-16 victory.

 

            Taylor’s Nighthawks returned the favor in a 25-16 Game 3 win. A 9-8 Newbury lead ballooned to 17-9 after an 8-1 run on serves from Regina Sibilia (Agawam, MA/Agawam) and Tricia Corriveau (Coventry, RI/Coventry), respectively. Murphy’s second timeout of the set, this at 22-12, did little to halt the Nighthawks momentum as Newbury cruised to a 2-1 match lead.

 

            The rest of the night belonged to Johnston and the Gators. While the second and third matches mimicked each other with reciprocal scores, Game 4 resembled the nip-and-tuck match opener, except it was the home team that came out on top thanks in large part to the Gators sophomore middle hitter.

 

            Following freshman Imara Jackson’s (Boston, MA/Mystic Valley) service ace, Johnston’s block put the Gators in front 7-4. Back-to-back aces from Patch, who tied for match-high honors with four, gave Pine Manor a 12-9 lead, but Newbury fought back to force ties at every point between 16 and 20.

 

            Monster spikes from Johnston regained the lead at 21-20 and provided insurance at 23-21, and the Gators never looked back, winning 25-22.

 

            In a deciding set that opened with teams trading service aces, neither team led by more than a point until a late Pine Manor run that ultimately decided the match. Trailing 11-10, the Gators scored four straight points on Johnston serves.  A Jackson spike tied the set at 11-11 and Ashley Carusone’s (Nashua, NH/North) kill ended it, 15-12.

 

            Also in her first college match, Carusone, like Patch, figured in the match leaders, pacing all players with 19 digs.

 

            For Newbury, which entered 2-0 after topping Anna Maria and Albertus Magnus 3-1 each, Martinez tallied 13 digs and Sibilia dished out 27 assists. Corriveau tied Patch and Johnston for match-high honors with four service aces.

            The Gators return to play Friday night at Regis in a 7:00 showdown with the Pride.

 

 

Volleyball Detailed Stats
Box Score - Pine Manor College
Newbury College vs Pine Manor
(09/08/2010 at Chestnut Hill, MA)

  

Newbury College  

  

ATTACK 

ASSIST 

SERVE 

  

BLOCKING 

RECEPT 

## 

Player 

SP 

TA 

PCT 

TA 

Pct 

SA 

SE 

TA 

Pct 

Dig 

BHE 

BS 

BA 

BE 

RE 

Pct 

1  

Leanne Cann  

-.167 

.200 

.000 

.000 

3  

Regina Sibilia  

.167 

27 

107 

.252 

16 

.812 

1.000 

5  

Tricia Corriveau  

24 

.125 

.000 

26 

.923 

12 

.875 

6  

Kerri McAuley  

17 

.000 

.000 

12 

.917 

.000 

15 

Jesymarian Touron  

36 

.000 

.250 

.875 

27 

.900 

18 

Stephanie Williams  

24 

.042 

.000 

.000 

.000 

2  

Amy Chen  

10 

-.100 

.000 

.778 

11 

14 

.700 

10 

Sarah Young  

.500 

.000 

12 

.917 

.000 

11 

Talia Martinez  

.000 

.000 

17 

.941 

13 

20 

.833 

TM 

TEAM  

.000 

.000 

.000 

.000 

 

Totals......... 

33 

29 

129 

.031 

29 

131 

.221 

10 

11 

100 

.890 

57 

69 

15 

.821 

  

 

TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 1.0

 

TEAM ATTACK BY SET 

Set 

TA 

Pct 

32 

.031 

27 

-.148 

14 

.214 

11 

39 

.103 

17 

.000 

   

SET SCORES 

  

TEAM RECORDS 

Newbury College  

(2) 

25 

16 

25 

22 

12 

  

2-1  

Pine Manor  

(3) 

23 

25 

16 

25 

15 

  

1-0  

 

  

Pine Manor  

  

ATTACK 

ASSIST 

SERVE 

  

BLOCKING 

RECEPT 

## 

Player 

SP 

TA 

PCT 

TA 

Pct 

SA 

SE 

TA 

Pct 

Dig 

BHE 

BS 

BA 

BE 

RE 

Pct 

2  

Megan Patch  

.500 

35 

120 

.292 

22 

.955 

1.000 

3  

Ashley Carusone  

10 

34 

.029 

.000 

14 

.500 

19 

35 

.854 

6  

Imara Jackson  

20 

-.100 

.167 

18 

.556 

1.000 

7  

Alie Johnston  

11 

34 

.147 

.167 

28 

1.000 

10 

28 

.903 

11 

Jennifer Gross  

12 

33 

.273 

.000 

10 

1.000 

11 

.833 

17 

Aponi Washington  

-.250 

.000 

12 

.667 

.000 

1  

Denise Garcia  

.000 

.000 

.000 

1.000 

 

Totals......... 

40 

28 

131 

.092 

37 

10 

144 

.257 

15 

20 

104 

.808 

62 

79 

10 

.888 

  

 

TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 7.0

 

TEAM ATTACK BY SET 

Set 

TA 

Pct 

31 

-.065 

25 

.040 

23 

.130 

11 

36 

.167 

16 

.250 

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