September 21, 2013

Husson Volleyball Splits Doubleheader With UMPI, UMFK

Bangor, ME -  The Husson University women's volleyball team had a full week of rest under their belt coming into Saturday's doubleheader at the Newman Gymnasium.  

The Eagles would end up splitting the two matches, first taking down the University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls in straight sets (25-11, 25-19, 25-15), before falling to the University of Maine at Fort Kent Bengals in three games (25-23, 25-13, 25-20).

The first match of the day against the Owls was handled with relative ease by Husson, as they capitalized on numerous UMPI errors throughout the contest.  

The first game actually got off to a favorable start for the Owls, as they took a quick 4-0 lead.  Husson would then earn a side-out, and subsequently go on an amazing 15-point run behind the strong serving of Kristen Atwood (Cumberland, ME) to take control of the momentum that carried them to a 1-0 lead in the match.  

Husson would lead the entire way through game two, but UMPI would keep themselves within close enough range to make things interesting.  The Eagles had a 20-13 lead at one point, but a well used timeout by the Owls slowed things down a bit and they fought back to within three points at 20-17.  Husson was able to re-collect themselves shortly thereafter, and hold serve long enough to take a 2-0 lead. 

Game three was back-and-forth at the start before Husson used a five-point run to make the score 18-8 that proved to be the knockout blow.  

Lindsay Chapman (Gorham, ME) and Alexandra deHertogh (Cumberland, RI) each tallied seven kills to lead the Eagles offense against UMPI.  Chapman also added 14 digs, while Casey Lopes (New Bedford, MA) passed around 12 assists.  

Husson coach Jodie Fairbank enjoyed her team's performance in the match with UMPI, saying, "It was nice because the entire team got to make contributions, which we don't always get the opportunity to do."

The second match of the day against UMFK started out with one of the best games the Eagles have been a part of this season.  

The two teams would battle point-for-point the entire way through game one, but the Bengals offense would prove to be too much for the Eagles in the end to take it 25-23.  UMFK pounded out 14 kills in the first set, all coming off assists by impressive setter Jessekah Mccorkle.  

UMFK would ride the wave of momentum into game two, as they took a quick 11-4 lead over the Eagles.  Husson would never be able to break the Bengals stride, and they took game two in much easier fashion than game one.  

Husson would rebound greatly in the third set, and even held a lead midway through at 15-13.  The two sides would trade points back-and-forth until it became tied at 17, but the Bengals would go on a six point run that gave them an insurmountable lead.  

"It was a tough loss," Fairbank reflected after the match.  "But that first game was fantastic.  We were playing like a team, which is great.  We're making big strides in a positive direction."

Danielle Carillo was a force for the Bengals offense, putting away 11 kills in the three games.  Anna Peabody totaled nine kills in the match, while Skyler Olsen had six kills and a team-high 21 digs.  Mccorkle ended the match with 29 assists for UMFK.

Husson was led by Chapman again with seven kills, while Atwood added five of her own.  Lopes had 16 assists and four kills for the Eagles.  

With the split, Husson moves to 7-8 on the season.  UMPI fell to 0-6 with the loss, while UMFK improved to 6-0 with their victory.

Husson's next match will be Tuesday night, September 24, when they host the University of Southern Maine Huskies at 7 p.m.