Gators Grab Tri-Match Win over Mass. Maritime

Gators Grab Tri-Match Win over Mass. Maritime

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Pine Manor College women's volleyball defeat visiting Mass. Maritime in the final match of the day during a tri-match at Brunelli Court on Saturday afternoon. The Gators dropped a 3-0 decision to Curry in their opening match of the day. Pine Manor now stands at 5-13 on the season. Massachusetts Maritime Academy drops to 0-15 on the year, while Curry improves to 6-13 after posting a pair of victories on the day. 

Curry 3, Pine Manor 0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-19)

Curry freshman Nicole Rice (Woburn, Mass.) put down a match-high 8 kills, registering two solo blocks and four block assists to lead the visiting Colonels to a 3-0 sweep of host Pine Manor. Christina Wallis (Peabody, Mass.) added six kills and four block assists, while Nicole Grambley (North Attleboro, Mass) dished out 13 assists and collected a match-high 13 digs.

For Pine Manor, Natasia Franklin (Windsor, Conn.) and Susan Le (Lowell, Mass.) each put down seven kills while Ashley Whiteshield (Seward, Alaska) led the PMC offense with a match-high 21 assists. PMC senior Phalogne Pierre (Boston, Mass.) also added four kills for the Gators.

The Colonels got out to a big lead in set one, leading 9-1 before cruising to the 25-18 victory. Curry opened the second set like the first, taking a 10-3 lead en route to a 25-20 win. In the third set, the Gators opened with a 12-5 lead following a kill from Franklin. However, Curry would rally, closing the gap to 14-12 before tying the match at 14-all and eventually overtaking the Gators for the 25-19 victory.

Curry 3, Mass. Maritime 0 (25-10, 25-9, 25-11)

In the middle match of the day, the Colonels continued to cruise, posting straight victories of 25-10, 25-9 and 25-11 over the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Rice again anchored the Curry attack with a match-high 13 kills, hitting .500 on the match. Kayla Pederson (Whitman, Mass.) and Wallis added eight and seven kills for the Colonels. Grambley added 21 more assists in middle match to finish with a total of 34 assists on the day.

Mass. Maritime's Charleen Klangos (Lowell, Mass.) had four kills to lead the Buccaneers while Meaghan Brain (Hanson, Mass.) added three kills on a team-high 15 attempts. Emma Ethier (Norton, Mass.) and Deb Langley (Abington, Mass.) each recorded a team-high four digs for MMA.

Pine Manor 3, Mass. Maritime 0 (25-12, 25-14, 25-12)

The Gators bounced back from their opening match defeat to top Mass. Maritime, 3-0. PMC got out to big leads of 10-1 and 21-10 before taking a commanding 25-12 victory in the first set. The second set saw the Gators get out to another big lead at 8-2 as they cruised to a 25-14 win. In set three, the Gators grabbed a 14-8 lead, following a kill from Le, before a kill from Langley and a PMC error got MMA back to within four points at 14-10. The four point deficit was as close as the visitors would come as PMC would outscore the Bucs 11-2 to take the 25-12 victory.

Le and senior Destiny Mann (Orlando, Fla.) each recorded a match-high eight kills for the Gators in the game two victory. Le also had a match-high eight digs while Mann racked up eight service aces. Whiteshield dished out 20 assists while also putting down a match-high nine of Pine Manor's 23 service aces.

Brain tallied a team-high five kills in the Bucs second game, also adding four digs. Either and Stephanie O'Connor (Westwood, Mass.) both recorded a team-high six digs for Mass. Maritime.

Pine Manor and Mass Maritime will both be back in action on Wednesday evening at Brunelli Court, as the teams will meet again for a 7:00 PM contest. Curry will play next on Tuesday at 7:00 PM when they host St. Joseph (Conn.).