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

Southern Maine Falls to Eastern Connecticut and Mt. St. Vincent

USM's volleyball team dropped its final two matches of the season to Eastern Connecticut and Mt. St. Vincent (file photo by Jason Johns).
USM's volleyball team dropped its final two matches of the season to Eastern Connecticut and Mt. St. Vincent (file photo by Jason Johns).
Huskies Finish Season 15-14 Overall

            WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- The University of Southern Maine women's volleyball team's 2018 season came to an end Saturday as the Huskies dropped matches to Eastern Connecticut State University and the College of Mt. St. Vincent at ECSU's Geissler Gymnasium.

            The Huskies began their day losing a 3-0 decision (25-20, 25-17, 25-12) to host ECSU in a Little East Conference match.  The Huskies returned to the court to fall to Mt. St. Vincent in a non-conference match 3-1 (24-26, 25-17, 25-22, 25-21).

            With the loss to Eastern Connecticut, coupled with Plymouth State University's five-set win over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, the Huskies and Panthers tied for the final spot in the upcoming Little East Conference tournament.  By virtue of the Panthers' win over the Huskies during the regular season, the Panthers received the final playoff berth.  Southern Maine finished the season 15-14 overall, and 3-5 in the Little East.

            Against Eastern Connecticut, the home side pulled away in the late stages of the first set to grab the early lead.  In a nip-and-tuck second set, the Warriors pulled away from a 15-15 tie with a 10-2 run to go up 2-0.  The Warriors pulled away in the third set to take the win, and the top seed in the upcoming LEC tournament.

            Juniors Megan Gettings (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Eastern) and Kylee Austin (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy), and sophomore Kacey Foerster (Scarborough, Maine), paced the Huskies' offense with six kills apiece.  Senior Nicole Schmitz (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham) had 16 assists and nine digs.  Sophomore Lauren Delissio (Hebron, Conn./RHAM) led all players with 17 digs.

            Facing Mt. St. Vincent, the Huskies took a 1-0 lead winning the final two points on a Foerster kill and a service ace from sophomore Rachel Chillé (Yarmouth, Maine).  The Dolphins took an early 8-1 lead in the second set en route to tying the match.

            In the pivotal third set, the Huskies rallied from a seven-point deficit (13-6) to tie the score on four occasions, the last at 19-19.  The Dolphins used a three-point run to take the lead for good.  In the final set, Southern Maine trailed throughout most of the set, before closing to within one (21-20).  A pair of kills from Samantha Schroeder helped closed out the set, and the match.

            Foerster led the Huskies' offense with 12 kills.  Schmitz, the Huskies' lone senior, finished her career posting a double-double in her final match with 20 assists and team-high 10 digs.  Rookie Sophie Lindsay (Sierra Madre, Calif.) contributed 13 assists and seven digs.  Sophomore Jamie Jannarone (Windham. Maine) served a season-high seven aces and had six kills.