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Southern Maine Volleyball Downs Suffolk 3-0

Sophomore Jamie Jannarone (file photo by Jason Johns).
Sophomore Jamie Jannarone (file photo by Jason Johns).
Huskies Host Rivier College on Thursday

            BOSTON, Mass. -- The visiting University of Southern Maine women's volleyball team used a balanced attack to defeat the Suffolk University Rams 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-22) in a non-conference match Tuesday evening at Regan Gymnasium.

            The win improved the Huskies' overall record to 15-11.  The Rams had their three-match winning snapped by the loss and fall to 10-14.

            Sophomore Jamie Jannarone (Windham, Maine) and rookie Alexis Dow (Miami, Fla./Saint Brendan) paced the Huskies' attack with six kills apiece.  Junior Megan Gettings (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Eastern) and sophomore Kacey Foerster (Scarborough, Maine) added five kills, and junior Kylee Austin (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) and senior Nicole Schmitz (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham) chipped in with four.

            Schmitz also handed out 15 assists and had a team-high nine digs.  Rookie Sophie Lindsay (Sierra Madre, Calif.) contributed eight assists and five digs.  Junior Jenna Graves (Corinth, Texas/Lake Dallas) had three service aces and eight digs.

            For the Rams, senior Chidera Nwankwo (Canton, Mass.) lead all players with nine kills on 17 attacks (.471 pct.).  Classmate Bridget Allison (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy) and sophomore Kayla Barbera (Wakefield, R.I./The Prout School) each had seven kills.  Senior Talia Lombardo (Windham, N.H.) had 22 assists, and senior Emma Feeney (Monroe, Conn./Masuk) had a match-high 14 digs.

            USM used an early 7-1 run in the opening set to open an 8-3 lead, and steadily pulled away to take the set.  Dow had four of her six kills in the first set.  In the middle set, a pair of Graves' aces ignited a four-point run to wipe out a one-point deficit (12-11) and give the Huskies a three-point edge (15-12).  The Rams stayed close until a five-point run with Schmitz serving allowed the Huskies to pull away.

            The Huskies had to overcome a sluggish start in the third set.  After falling behind 6-2, the Huskies rallied to tie the score at 9-9.  Seven ties later, the Huskies grabbed the lead for good and put the match away on a kill from Gettings.

            Southern Maine is back in action on Thursday (7 p.m.) hosting Rivier College in the Huskies final home match of the season.  Suffolk travels to Becker College for a match on Thursday (7 p.m.).