CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Pine Manor seniors Destiny Mann (Orlando, Fla.) and Phalogne Pierre (Boston, Mass.) each had big games as the Gators defeated Mass. Maritime 3-0 (27-25, 25-15, 25-22) on Senior Night.
Pierre had eight kills on the night which trailed only Mann's match-high 10. Pierre also didn't make a single attack error giving her an impressive .471 hitting percentage on the night.
Meaghan Brain (Hanson, Mass.) led the way for the Buccaneers earning a team-high six kills and registering a .500 hit percentage.
After trading points early in the first set, the Buccaneers were the first team to gain some offensive traction. Trailing 7-6, the visitors would score the next five points, including two service aces by Charleen Klangos (Lowell, Mass.).
They would stretch their lead to 10 before the Gators started the comeback. After falling behind 22-12, Pine Manor would score 13 of the next 15 points to take the 25-24 lead. Mass. Maritime was able to pull even at 25, but PMC would win the next two points, with Pierre recording the game-deciding kill, to win the set 27-25.
The Buccaneers got out to fast start in the second set as well, opening up a 7-2 lead, but once again the Gators battled back. They pulled even and, with the score tied at nine, proceeded to go on an eight point rally. The rally was capped off with an Ashley Whiteshield (Seward, Alaska) ace, one of her match-high five. She also had 18 assists.
Mass. Maritme was able to close the gap slightly with a four-point rally of their own, but were unable to overcome the huge deficit as Pine Manor took the set 25-15.
The hosts would carry their momentum into the third and final set. They scored the first nine points to open up a commanding lead.
This time it was Mass. Maritime mounting the comeback. Trailing 11-4, sophomore Cassidy Nice (Carver, Mass.) recorded three of her four service aces with a Deb Langley (Abington, Mass.) kill mixed in to bring her team within three. They scored 10 of the next 14 points to take the 18-15 lead.
However, the Gators continued to fight as they scored the next eight points, including a trio of kills from the two seniors, and never relinquished the lead taking the third set 25-22.
The Gators will try to continue you their winning ways on Saturday when the travel to Salem State for a road tri-match. They will play host Vikings at 11 a.m. before taking on Johnson State at 1 p.m.
Mass. Maritime travels to Gordon College on Saturday for a tri-match. They will play the host Fighting Scots and Castleton State at 10 a.m. and noon respectively.