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

Southern Maine Volleyball Falls at Rhode Island College 3-0

Junior Jenna Graves shared game-high honors with 15 digs at Rhode Island College (file photo by Jason Johns).
Junior Jenna Graves shared game-high honors with 15 digs at Rhode Island College (file photo by Jason Johns).

(With contributions from Rhode Island College Sports Information)

Huskies Off Until Thursday When They Travel to N.E. College

            PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Senior Jillian Ward (Coventry, R.I.) recorded 15 kills, including the 1,000th of her career, and had 13 digs to lead the Rhode Island College Anchorwomen to a 3-0 victory (25-19, 25-22, 25-22) over the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East conference match Saturday afternoon at the Murray Center.

            The win improved the Anchorwomen's record to 10-8 overall and 3-1 in LEC play.  The Huskies dropped their second straight match to slip to 12-7 overall and 3-3 in the conference.

            Ward became the fifth player in RIC history to reach the 1,000-career kill plateau early in the first set en route to her ninth double-double of the season.  Rookie Amelia Murphy (North Attleboro, Mass.) complemented Ward up front contributing 13 kills.  Junior setter Jacqueline Jutras (Foster, R.I.) directed the RIC offense passing out 39 assists, and was just one dig shy of earning a double-double.  Senior Marisa Brynes (Cranston, R.I.) had a team-high 15 digs.

            For Southern Maine, junior Kylee Austin (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) and sophomore Kacey Foerster (Scarborough, Maine) had seven kills apiece.  Junior Megan Gettings (Bristol, Conn.) contributed six kills.

            Senior Nicole Schmitz (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham) and rookie Sophie Lindsay (Sierra Madre, Calif.) combined to pass out 28 assists.  Junior Jenna Graves (Corinth, Texas) shared game-high honors with Brynes with 15 digs.

            The Anchorwomen snapped a 7-7 tie in the first set with a 4-0 run to take the lead for good.  In the second set, USM tied the score twice at 17-17 and 20-20, but RIC used a late 4-0 run to pull away.  The Anchorwomen pulled away from an 8-8 tie in the third set to lead 20-12, then held off a late charge by the Huskies to take the set, and the match.

            Southern Maine is off until Thursday (7 p.m.) when it travels to New England College for a non-conference match.  Rhode Island College has a non-conference match at Wentworth Institute of Technology on Tuesday (7 p.m.).