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Southern Maine Falls in Five Sets at New England College

USM dropped a five-set decision at New England College (file photo by Jason Johns).
USM dropped a five-set decision at New England College (file photo by Jason Johns).

Southern Maine Falls in Five Sets to New England College

            HENNIKER, N.H. -- Rookie outside hitter Tihani Ehia (Kaneohe, Hawaii) had 21 kills as the New England College Pilgrims held off the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies, 3-2 (20-25, 25-18, 25-20, 22-25, 15-11), in a non-conference women's volleyball match Thursday evening at Briggs Gymnasium.

            The Pilgrims snapped a two-match losing skid improving to 8-16 overall.  The Huskies dropped their third straight match to fall to 12-8.

            Sophomore Kacey Foerster (Scarborough, Maine) led the Huskies' offense with 11 kills.  Junior Megan Gettings (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Eastern) added 10 kills.  Senior Nicole Schmitz (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham) passed out 25 assists, and rookie Sophie Lindsay (Sierra Madre, Calif.) just missed a double-double with 11 assists and nine digs.  Sophomore Lauren Delissio (Hebron, Conn./RHAM) had a match-high 20 digs.

            Ehia finished with a double-double as she also had 11 digs, and contributed five blocks and three service aces.  Sophomore Dreka Griffin (Calera, Ala) had eight kills, and rookie Jessica Ostrov (Mililani, Hawaii) chipped in seven.  Freshmen Maggie Dadmun (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Kenzie Barron (Clearfield, Utah) combined for 36 assists.  Senior Meaghan Six (Manchester, N.H./Manchester Memorial) led the NEC back line with 16 digs.

            Southern Maine opened the match by taking the first set as Gettings knocked down four kills.  NEC responded behind Ehia to take the next two sets for a 2-1 lead.  Ehia had four kills in the second set, and another five in the third.  Some inconsistent hitting by the Pilgrims, combined with four kills from Gettings, gave the Huskies the fourth set.

            In the decisive fifth set, the Pilgrims snapped a 5-5 tie winning three consecutive points and went on to take the set, and the match.  Ehia scored the final two points with her 20th and 21st kills.

            Southern Maine heads to Mount Holyoke College on Saturday for a non-conference tri-match with Baruch College and Mount Holyoke.  New England College will host Newbury College and Rhode Island College for a tri-match, also on Saturday.