BIDDEFORD, Maine – Saint Joseph's College (5-4) swept University of New England (2-8) in three sets (25-17, 30-28, 25-18) in a non-conference volleyball match on Thursday evening.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
After cruising to a 25-17 first-set triumph, the Monks faced a 24-21 deficit late in the second before the Nor'easters committed a pair of errors and senior Jordynne Copp (Cumberland, Maine) belted a kill to tie the set. The in-state rivals then traded points until freshman Sophia Randall (Epping, N.H.) broke a 28-28 deadlock with a kill and delivered a service ace to extend her team's match lead to 2-0.
With momentum clearly in their corner, the Monks went on to claim the third set, and break a 10-10 tie, with the help of a 15-8 run.
LEADERS – SAINT JOSEPH'S:
- Sophomore Kelsey Bickford (Somersworth, N.H.) registered nine kills and six digs
- Junior Sarah Dyer (Seabrook, N.H.) notched a double-double with 25 assists and 10 digs and added five kills on nine attempts
- Junior Jennelle Thompson (Farmington, N.H.) added 26 digs and three aces
- Copp posted five kills with no errors on 15 attempts with four total blocks
- Randall chipped in with five kills, four aces, and 11 digs
LEADERS – UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND:
- Paige Simoneau belted a match-high 11 kills with nine digs
- Molly Camelo contributed 10 kills and 21 digs with a .364 hitting percentage
- Kristen Falcinelli added 19 assists and 10 digs
- Katie Marsh posted 13 digs
Saint Joseph's held the lead in attack percentage (.156 - .090), aces (9-8), and digs (68-63) while UNE owned advantages in kills (34-33) and assists (32-30) on the evening.
With the victory, Saint Joseph's improves to 7-53 versus University of New England (since 1989), a team the Monks have now defeated in four of the last six meetings.
The Monks kick off Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play Saturday with a tri-match at Regis (Mass.), first facing the Pride at 10:00 AM then taking on Amherst College in a non-conference match at 12:00 PM.
Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.