USM Escapes Pine Manor Volleyball, 3-2

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Pine Manor dropped a tough 3-2 (25-22, 24-26, 25-13, 17-25, 13-15) decision to the University of Southern Maine on Thursday October 21.

Pine Manor began the match by capturing the first set 25-22. Freshman Megan Patch (Bethpage, TN/Red Boiling Springs), set the pace for the Gators, as she dished out 34 set assists, to go along with her 6 service aces, 15 digs, and 3 solo blocks. The Gator offense was led by sophomore Alie Johnston (Winnipeg, Manitoba/River East Collegiate) who had a match-high 15 kills as well as 21 digs.

However, Southern Maine would rally to take a tight second set, 25-24. Freshman Meghan Rumore (Manchester, N.H./West) had a team-high 12 kills for USM, while senior Sharon Shuttle (New Ipswich, N.H./Mascenic Regional) and sophomore Molly McOsker (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan) each contributed 11 kills. Shuttle also tallied six service aces for the Huskies.

After falling just short of capturing a two sets to none lead, Pine Manor rallied to win the third set, 25-13. Freshman classmates Imara Jackson (Malden, MA/Mystic Valley Charter) and Ashley Carusone (Nashua,NH/Nasua North) each totaled 14 kills for the Gators while junior Jennifer Gross (Coral Springs, FL/Coral Glades) had 7 kills and a team-high 22 digs. Sophomore Aponi Washington (Brockton, MA/Brockton) also finished the match with 3 kills and 3 service aces.

Once again, the Huskies would fight back, capturing the fourth set 25-17. Having forced the deciding fifth set the Huskies took advantage by racing out to an 11-2 lead before the Gators responded. With Johnston serving the Gators rallied back to even the score. The teams exchanged points before Pine Manor recaptured the serve down 14-13. However, an errant serve from Pine Manor would result in the final point of the night for the Huskies, as they escaped with a 15-13 set victory and a 3-2 match victory.

Pine Manor now returns to Great Northeast Athletic Conference play, traveling to nearby Suffolk University for a tri-match that will also involve Mount Ida College. At 12 noon the Gators will take on Mount Ida before doing battle with Suffolk at 2 p.m.

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