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

Southern Maine Falls at Plymouth State 3-1

Junior Kylee Austin (#12) and senior Nicole Schmitz (file photo by Jason Johns).
Junior Kylee Austin (#12) and senior Nicole Schmitz (file photo by Jason Johns).

Southern Maine Falls at Plymouth State 3-1

(With contributions from Plymouth State Sports Information)

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. -- The Plymouth State University Panthers earned their first Little East Conference win of the season taking a 3-1 decision (19-25, 25-22, 25-16, 26-24) over the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies Tuesday evening at Foley Gymnasium.

            The Huskies had their three-match winning streak snapped by the loss, falling to 12-6 overall and 3-2 in LEC play.  The Panthers snapped their six-match losing skid to improve to 8-11 overall and 1-3 in the conference.

            Southern Maine took the opening set behind four kills apiece from junior Kylee Austin (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) and sophomore Kacey Foerster (Scarborough, Maine).  Plymouth State took the second set rallying from a 13-7 deficit with a key 11-4 run.

            In the pivotal third set, the Panthers pulled away late in the set with a 7-1 run to take a 2-1 lead.  The final set went back and forth before the Panthers took advantage of a USM serving miscue and a kill from sophomore Francie Shaffer (Frederick, Colo.) to clinch the match.

            Foerster finished the match with 11 kills to lead the Huskies.  Junior Megan Gettings (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Eastern) added nine kills while Austin and sophomore Jamie Jannarone (Windham, Maine) chipped in with eight kills each.  Senior Nicole Schmitz (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham) dished out 24 assists and had three aces.  Rookie Sophie Lindsay (Sierra Madre, Calif./Pasadena) had 14 assists, and sophomores Lauren Delissio (Hebron, Conn./RHAM) and Rachel Chillé (Yarmouth, Maine) posted a team-high 10 digs.

            Plymouth State had three players finish in double digits for kills.  Junior Lex Bowers (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) led the Panthers with 15 kills, and had a double-double adding 12 digs.  Shaffer had 13 kills and senior Ari Linden (Lena, Ill.) added 12.  Freshman Alexa Price (Moultonborough, N.H.) dished out 35 assists, while Flanagan led all players with 18 digs.

            Southern Maine heads to Rhode Island College on Saturday (12 p.m.) for a Little East Conference match.  Plymouth State will travel to Endicott College on Saturday to play non-conference matches with Endicott and Babson College.