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Southern Maine Volleyball Downs Saint Joseph's (Me.) 3-0

Sophomore Kacey Foerster had 15 kills in USM's win over St. Joseph's College Thursday night (file photo by Jason Johns).
Sophomore Kacey Foerster had 15 kills in USM's win over St. Joseph's College Thursday night (file photo by Jason Johns).

Southern Maine Downs Saint Joseph's (Me.) 3-0

            GORHAM, Maine -- Sophomore Kacey Foerster (Scarborough, Maine) knocked down 15 kills as the University of Southern Maine women's volleyball team used a dominating performance to snap a six-match losing skid by defeating visiting Saint Joseph's College (Me.) 3-0 (25-22, 25-8, 25-15) in a non-conference match Thursday evening at the Warren Hill Gymnasium.

            With the win, the Huskies prevailed over the Monks for the second time this season and improved to 4-7 overall.  The Monks are still in search of their first win on the campaign after 11 matches.

            USM raced to an early lead in the opening set and led by as many as 11 on three occasions before staving off a Monks' rally that cut the margin to two points (23-21 and 24-22).  The second set was a dominating one for the Huskies who had 16 kills in 29 attacks and five service aces.

            In the decisive third set, the Huskies took the lead from the start and slowly pulled away to win by 10.

            Foerster finished with 15 kills and a .444 attack percentage, two aces and nine digs.  Sophomore Molly Mawhinney (South Portland, Maine) and rookie Joie Hared (South Salem, N.Y./John Jay) each had nine kills to complement Foerster up front.  USM finished the night with a season-best team attacking percentage of .367 (47-11-98).

            Sophomore Sophie Lindsay (Pasadena, Calif.) had fine all-around match passing out 22 assists and also contributing five kills, four aces and nine digs.  Rookie Cassidy Gibb (Lee, N.H./Oyster River) chipped in 12 assists.  Lindsay, Foerster and junior Rachel Chillé (Yarmouth, Maine) shared team-high honors with nine digs apiece.

            Sophomore Sarah Quinn (Dover, N.H.) led the Monks offense with eight kills on 21 attacks.  Junior Erin Olson (Stoughton, Mass./Ursuline Academy) and rookie Hanna Holden (Stoughton, Mass.) had three kills apiece.  Holden also dished out 14 assists.  Junior libero Madison Provencher (Rochester, N.H./Spaulding) had a match-high 10 digs.

            Southern Maine opens Little East Conference play this Saturday (12 p.m.) when it hosts Western Connecticut State University.  USM will also play a non-conference match with the University of Maine at Presque Isle (4 p.m.).  Saint Joseph's host a tri-match on Saturday (11 a.m.) with GNAC foe Colby-Sawyer College and non-conference rival Husson University.