CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Senior Destiny Mann (Orlando, Fla.) and sophomore Susan Le (Lowell, Mass.)led the Pine Manor to a 3-0 (25-11, 25-19, 25-20) sweep in the first match of Saturday's doubleheader against the University of Maine-Presque Isle before falling 3-2 (16-25, 25-19, 25-27, 25-22, 15-11) in match two.
Pine Manor 3, Maine-Presque Isle 0
In the early game, Mann and Le had 10 and nine kills respectively. Le also had a match-high 13 digs and was the only player in double-digits in the category. Freshman Ashley Whiteshield (Seward, Alaska) had 23 assists and fellow first-year Mary Owen (Houston, Texas) recorded a match-high four service aces.
Pine Manor won the next five points to establish a sizeable lead that it wouldn't relinquish. Maine-Presque Isle had a five-point rally of their own late in the set, including two services aces by freshman Abby Jewett, but it was too little, too late as the Gators took set two, 25-19.
Pine Manor 2, Maine Presque Isle 3
The second match of the day was a five-set battle. Le had 15 kills to lead the Gators, while Brown reached double figures with her 10 kills for the Owls. Brown also had a match-high 22 digs. Mann led Pine Manor in the category with 21 pick-ups. Owen and Whiteshield each had six service aces.
Set three of match two was the tightest set all day with both teams going on extensive rallies. With the score tied at 14, the teams traded five-point runs to make the score 19-19. They then traded four-point rallies to tie the score at 23. Pine Manor was the next team to win two successive points thanks to a Le kill and an Owen ace and the Gators went won the set 27-25.
The visitors would take the fourth set 25-22, thanks in part to a run when they won 12 of 14 points to go from down four to up five. They held on for the rest of the fourth to force a fifth and decisive set.
The Owls never trailed in set number five as they opened up an 8-3 lead before the changeover. Pine Manor got within two, but couldn't overcome the early deficit as the Owls earned the split with the 15-11 victory.
Maine-Presque Isle will close out its regular season next Wednesday, Oct. 29 when the Owls visit Maine Maritime for a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m.
Pine Manor will start to gear up for a trip down south for the Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC) Championship Tournament hosted by Salem College starting on Nov. 7. They will learn who their first-opponent will be next week.