BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. -- Pine Manor College women's volleyball sophomore Susan Le (Lowell, Mass.), pictured, notched 12 kills and 11 digs to lead the Gators to a doubleheader sweep of Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Saturday afternoon at the Clean Harbors Athletic Center.
The Gators took the first match of the day 3-0 (25-11; 25-24; 25-15) before again defeating the Bucs 3-0 (25-16; 25-23; 25-21) in the night cap. The pair of wins, the first in the collegiate career of Head Coach Samantha Slonski, help to improve PMC to 2-6 on the season. Mass. Maritime falls to 0-6.
"We started to play like we know we can," said Slonski following her first two wins as a head coach. "We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but we got moving in the right direction today."
Match One: Pine Manor 3, Mass. Maritime 0 (25-11, 26-24, 25-15)
PMC senior Natasia Franklin (Windsor, Conn.) recorded seven kills in the opening contest for the Gators (2-6), while Le added six kills and six digs. PMC also received five kills and six digs from senior Phalonge Pierre (Boston, Mass.) as well as four kills and eight digs from senior Destiny Mann (Orlando, Fla.). Freshman Ashley Whiteshield (Seward, Ak.) collected 20 set assists and a match-high eight service aces in the opening match.
Junior Emily Calnan (Hingham, Mass.) notched three kills and four service aces in the opening setback for the host Buccaneers (0-6), who also received three kills, five digs and a pair of service aces from senior Meghan Weir (North Andover, Mass.) and three kills from sophomore Meaghan Brain (Hanson, Mass.). Senior Deb Langley (Abington, Mass.) chipped in with seven set assists, five digs and two kills for Massachusetts Maritime, which also received nine digs from sophomore Stephanie O'Connor (Westwood, Mass.).
Match Two: Pine Manor 3, Mass. Maritime 0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-21)
Le, Pierre and Mann each had six kills in Pine Manor's second victory of the day, as the trio also combined for 11 digs. Franklin added five kills for the Gators, who also received four kills and six digs from freshman Mary Owen (Houston, Tex.) Whiteshield finished the day with 18 service aces after adding 10 in the second match to go along with, eight digs, three kills and 23 set assists.
Calnan collected five kills in the second match setback for Massachusetts Maritime, which also received four kills from Brain and five set assists, four digs and three kills from Langley. Weir and junior Charleen Klangos (Lowell, Mass.) recorded six digs each for the Buccaneers, who also received 13 digs from O'Connor.
Pine Manor will take on rival Daniel Webster College on Tuesday evening at 7:00 PM in Nashua, N.H. Meanwhile, Mass. Maritime hosts Worcester State in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference opener for both teams on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m.