|Colby-Sawyer College||University of Southern Maine|
GORHAM, Maine — Junior outside hitter Jess Williamson (Goffstown, N.H.) recorded her 14th double-double of the season as the University of Southern Maine women’s volleyball team earned a hard-fought 3-0 victory (28-26, 25-23, 25-23) over visiting Colby-Sawyer College in a non-conference match on “Dig Pink Night” at the Warren Hill Gymnasium Wednesday evening.
The win was the Huskies third straight, and improved their overall record to 14-9. The Chargers had their two-match winning streak snapped and slipped to 7-19.
Two points in the closely played match decided all three sets. USM rallied in the opening set after trailing by six points (12-6) to get even with Colby-Sawyer. Both sides had opportunities to win the set before, at 26-26, the Huskies won two straight points to take the set.
The second set was nip and tuck throughout. Tied at 23-23, the Huskies were able to string together two consecutive points for the set. Down by two sets, the Chargers rallied in the third set to tie the score at 23-23. Williamson gave the Huskies the lead with a kill, and freshmanKylee Austin (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) nailed down the win on the next point.
Williamson had a match-high 19 kills and 15 digs for her double-double. Austin finished with seven kills and four blocks. Senior co-captain Megan Nilson (Granby, Conn.) dished out 27 assists and had three service aces. Sophomore Nicole Schmitz (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham) just missed a double-double contributing 11 assists, nine digs, five kills and three aces.
Senior Gabrielle Rodriguez (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) and rookie Naarah Cox(Boston, Mass./Newton North) led the Chargers as each had eight kills, and freshman Micaela Cardozo (Woodbridge, Conn./Amity) knocked down six kills. Freshman setter Olivia Goodrich(Epping, N.H.) picked up 25 assists. Sophomore libero Ashley Kinley (Wilson, Wyo.) dug up 13 balls, and Cardozo had 10 digs.