Sharks feast on Gators in GNAC opener

CHESTNUT HILL, MA – Simmons upended Pine Manor 3-0 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference opener for both clubs Tuesday night, besting the Gators 25-8, 25-14 and 25-11.

             The Sharks (5-6, 1-0 GNAC) controlled the early going in the opening frame, jumping out to a 6-1 lead on serves from outside hitter Kelly Last (West Haven, CT/West Haven). A Gators time out trailing 19-7 did little to halt a 9-1 run to end the game, with the Sharks closing out a 25-8 victory on consecutive points on Last serves.

             Pine Manor (1-2, 0-1 GNAC) avoided another auspicious start in Game 2, with a Jen Gross (Coral Springs, FL/Coral Springs) service ace tying the contest 4-4 and taking a 5-4 lead on the following volley. The lead would be the Gators last, as Simmons embarked on a 10-1 run on serves from Shamika Johnson (Springfield, MA/MacDuffie) and Krista Evans (Killen, AL/Florence) to take a 14-6 lead. In spite of four kills in the game from Gators freshman Alie Johnston (Winnipeg, MB/River East), Simmons cruised to a 25-14 win.

             Another sluggish start doomed the Gators in Game 3, as Simmons opened a 12-4 lead, eventually going up 20-8 in a 25-11 victory. Gross earned three of her team-high seven kills in the set, both on Sara Rosado (Chelsea, MA/Chelsea) assists, and also led the team with seven digs and one block. Johnston totaled five kills to go with six digs, while Rosado added seven assists.

             Pine Manor continues its homestand with a GNAC tri-match, playing host to Lasell on Saturday at noon and Albertus Magnus at 4 p.m. Lasell and Albertus face off at 2:00 in Pine Manor Gym.

Volleyball Box Score
Bx Score
Simmons vs PMC
(Sep 15, 2009 at Chestnut Hill, MA)

   Simmons      ATTACK  SET  SERVE  SRV  DEF  BLOCK  GEN 
##  Player  SP  TA  PCT  SA  SE  RE  DIG  BS  BA  BE  BHE 
  Totals  .000 
  
  TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 0.0
TEAM ATTACK BY SET 
Set  TA  Pct 
.000 
   
SET SCORES     TEAM RECORDS 
Simmons   (3)  25     5-6 (1-0 GNAC)  
PMC   (0)     1-2 (0-1 GNAC)  

   PMC      ATTACK  SET  SERVE  SRV  DEF  BLOCK  GEN 
##  Player  SP  TA  PCT  SA  SE  RE  DIG  BS  BA  BE  BHE 
3   Alie Johnston   10  .200 
7   Laia Lopez-Best   -.600 
8   Susana Turcios   -1.000 
10  Tathiana Moise   .000 
11  Jennifer Gross   16  .125 
19  Sara Rosado   1.000 
9   Fancesca Cherstal   .000 
  Totals  14  13  37  .027  31  19 
  
  TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 1.0
TEAM ATTACK BY SET 
Set  TA  Pct 
.000 
    Site: Chestnut Hill, MA (Pine Manor Gym)
Date: Sep 15, 2009 Attend: 73 Time: 1:05
Referees: Denise M. Traniello, Carole M. Burke

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