Gators battle back to force Game 5, fall short at Regis

WESTON, MA -- After coming from behind to capture a thrilling 3-2 win over previously undefeated Newbury on Wednesday, Pine Manor battled back before dropping a 3-2 decision (25-21, 18-25, 21-25, 25-21, 9-15) at Regis Friday night.

"I am very proud of the way our young team went out on the road and battled so hard against a very strong opponent," said first-year head coach Mike Murphy. "We came very close to pulling off what would have been a tremendous road win in only our second game together."

The Gators took Game 1 by the count of 25-21, but like it did in its win two nights ago, Pine Manor dropped the following two sets. Mike Murphy's club showed its heart in Game 4 once again, winning another 25-21 decision, before falling in the deciding set, 15-9.

"I think our team showed tremendous grit and determination - battling back after falling behind to capture the fourth set and force a deciding game," Murphy said. "Unfortunately, it didn't fall in our favor as it did in our first match."

After igniting the Gators comeback against Newbury, Alie Johnston (Winnipeg, MB/River East Collegiate) posted a team-high 13 kills, while junior Jen Gross (Coral Springs, FL/Coral Glades) posted a team-best 29 digs. Freshman Megan Patch (Bethpage, TN/Red Boiling Springs) led the Gators with 17 assists, while fellow frosh Imara Jackson (Malden, MA/Mystic Valley) was a stalwort at the net in her second college match with eight block assists.

Pine Manor (1-1) travels to Buzzards Bay for a 7 p.m. contest Monday night at Mass Maritime.

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