(With contributions from Trinity College Sports Information)
Southern Maine Falls to Simmons and Trinity
HARTFORD, Conn. -- The University of Southern Maine women's volleyball team dropped non-conference matches Saturday to Simmons College and host Trinity College at Oosting Gymnasium in Hartford, Conn. USM fell to Simmons in its opening match 3-0 (27-25, 25-16, 25-20), then lost a 3-1 decision (24-26, 25-9, 12-25, 25-19) to Trinity in the final match of the day.
Simmons opened the day defeating Trinity 3-1 to sweep its two matches, improving to 6-3 overall. Trinity checks in at 4-3 after the day's split. Southern Maine slides to 3-6 overall.
Sophomore Molly Mawhinney (South Portland, Maine) led the Huskies against Simmons earning her first double-double in a Huskies' uniform. Mawhinney had 11 kills and 10 digs. Senior Kylee Austin (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) and junior Jamie Jannarone (Windham, Maine) had five kills apiece up front.
Sophomore Sophie Lindsay (Pasadena, Calif.) guided the offense passing out 19 assists, and also had seven digs. Juniors Lauren Delissio (Hebron, Conn./RHAM) and Rachel Chillé (Yarmouth, Maine) had 16 and 14 digs respectively on the back line.
Junior Morgan Weeg (Goodyear, Ariz.) led Simmons with 15 kills on 38 attacks, and sophomore Amanda Fortune (Round Rock, Texas) contributed 10 kills on 16 attacks. Junior Faith Gray-Williams (Las Vegas, Nev.) dished out 28 assists. Juniors Morgan Lauvray (Murrieta, Calif.) and Julia Fusco (Beverly, Mass.) chipped in with 12 and 10 digs, respectively. Lauvray also had a match-high five aces.
Against Trinity, senior Megan Gettings (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Eastern) led the USM attack with seven kills. Mawhinney and rookie Joie Hared (South Salem, N.Y./John Jay) each had five kills. Lindsay and freshman Cassidy Gibb (Lee, N.H./Oyster River) combined for 27 assists. Delissio led all players with 14 digs.
For Trinity, sophomore Ally Conde (Danielson, Conn.) led the offense with 12 kills, including the set-clinching kill in the opening set. Conde also had eight block assists. Sophomore Hareena Johnson (Los Angeles, Calif.) added 11 kills. Junior Jessica Yang (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) notched 34 assists, five aces, and six digs.
Southern Maine looks to break its five-match losing skid on Tuesday (7 p.m.) when it hosts Bates College for a non-conference match at the Costello Sports Complex. Simmons will host Babson College in non-conference play on Thursday (7 p.m.). Trinity opens its NESCAC schedule next weekend with matches at Williams College on Friday (7 p.m.) and Hamilton College on Saturday (2 p.m.).