2017 Little East Offensive Player of the Year (Jess Williamson)

Southern Maine Defeats St. Joseph's (Me.) 3-1

Sophomore Jamie Jannarone delivered eight kills against St. Joseph's (file photo by Jason Johns).
Sophomore Jamie Jannarone delivered eight kills against St. Joseph's (file photo by Jason Johns).

Southern Maine Defeats St. Joseph's (Me.) 3-1

            STANDISH, Maine -- Rookie Alexis Dow (Miami, Fla./Saint Brendan) and sophomore Jamie Jannarone (Windham, Maine) provided the decisive points in the third set and the visiting University of Southern women's volleyball team went on to defeat Saint Joseph's College 3-1 (25-15, 19-25, 26-24, 25-19) in a non-conference match Thursday evening at the Alfond Gymnasium.

            The victory got the Huskies back to .500 for the season at 4-4 overall.  The Monks are still searching for their first win after six matches.

            With the match tied at one set apiece, the Monks, down 23-20, took four of the next five points to force the set into extra time.  Dow gave USM a 25-24 edge knocking down a set from senior Nicole Schmitz (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham), and Jannarone followed with another kill after a pass from junior Kylee Austin (Saco, Maine/ Thornton Academy) to close the set in favor of the Huskies.

            In the fourth set, the Huskies went on a 7-0 run, ignited by a Dow kill, to break out of a 10-10 tie and went on to prevail 25-19.

            Sophomore Kacey Foerster (Scarborough, Maine) lead the Huskies' attack with a season-high 13 kills.  Dow, Jannarone, Austin and junior Megan Gettings (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Eastern) had eight kills apiece.

            Schmitz and rookie Sophie Lindsay (Sierra Madre, Calif./Pasadena) combined to pass out 41 of the Huskies' 45 assists in the game.  Schmitz handed out 27 helpers while Lindsay had 14.  Sophomore Kristina Odom (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch) had 12 digs.

            For the Monks, junior Kelsey Bickford (Somersworth, N.H.) lead all players with 15 kills on 33 attacks (with two errors) for a .394 attack percentage.  Rookie Sarah Quinn (Dover, N.H.) contributed eight kills, and sophomore Erin Olson (Stoughton, Mass./Ursuline Academy) chipped in with seven.

            Sophomore setter Sophia Randall (Epping, N.H.) passed out 37 assists in the match, and senior libero Jennelle Thompson (Rochester, N.H./Farmington) had a match-high 25 digs.

            Southern Maine opens Little East Conference play on Saturday (12 p.m.) hosting a tri-match with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Maine Maritime Academy.  Saint Joseph's opens Great Northeast Athletic Conference play on Saturday (12 p.m.) with a tri-match at the University of Saint Joseph's (Conn.).