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Gators Split Doubleheader with Maine-Presque Isle

Gators Split Doubleheader with Maine-Presque Isle

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.

The Owls were led by junior Shannon Brown who had six kills for the visitors. Her classmate Morgan Swan handed out a team-high 10 assists.
The Gators won the first six points of the first set, including three service aces by Whiteshield. The Alaska-native is averaging 0.93 aces per set, putting her in the top-five of the category in all of Division III.
After Maine-Presque Isle closed the gap to 8-6, the hosts would go on an 11-point rally. They never trailed and won the first set by a score of 25-11.
Set two looked like it was going to be more of the same as the Gators got out to an early 9-3 lead. However, the Owls were able to tie the match at 10 thanks to a series of Pine Manor errors and a pair of kills by Brown. 

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.

The third and final set was a back-and-forth battle with neither team able to grab a commanding lead. It wasn't until the score was tied at 20 that the Gators would go on a five-point run to win the set and the match.

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.

Match two started much like the first as Pine Manor won the first six points of set number one. Whiteshield had a kill and four straight service aces in that run.
With the score 9-5 PMC, the Gators went on another five-point rally to extend their lead to nine. Owen had three of her aces in that series.
Pine Manor never trailed in the set and went on to win 25-16.
The Owls got their first multi-point lead of the day in the second set. With the score tied at six, Maine-Presque Isle won the next five points, helped along by a pair of kills by Brown. They would not trail again in the set and went on to win 25-19.

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.