POULTNEY, Vt. – The Owls traveled to Vermont to participate in a tri-team event this past weekend.
Presque Isle vs. Castleton State
Castleton State College received seven kills from Brittany Brayman en route to a 3-0 sweep of University of Maine at Presque Isle on Saturday afternoon at the Eagle Dome.
Castleton (2-4) hit .152 overall as a team while holding the Owls to just 12 kills defensively. The Spartans won each set with ease taking the three sets, 25-11, 25-13 and 25-10.
UMPI (0-9) was led by Morgan Swan and Hannah Boyce who each put down three kills. Shannon Brown led the way defensively for the Owls with a game-high eight digs, while Katie Patenaude tallied two solo blocks at the net in the loss.
Presque-Isle vs. SUNY Cobleskill
In match two for the ladies from Presque Isle, the Owls pushed SUNY Cobleskill to a fifth set before bowing in the final game. The Fighting Tigers took the match with set scores of 25-19, 26-24, 24-26, 31-33 and 15-7.
Cobleskill (6-2) took the first two sets of the match before UMPI (0-10) found its stride defensively and gritted out several long rallies to come back and tie the match at 2-2. The highlight of the match was a 33-31 set four which saw both teams have several game point opportunities, but failed to convert until UMPI was able to side out for the win.
Offensively, the Fighting Tigers were led by Abigail Wilson who notched a team-high nine kills while teammate Raven Worthing added a game-high 25 digs.
UMPI was led by Abby Jewett who registered 10 kills and was followed closely by Shannon Brown who notched nine to go along with her team-high 22 digs. Morgan Swan directed the offense with 20 assists. Hannah Boyce supplemented the offense with seven kills in the loss.
Presque Isle vs. Green Mountain College
Green Mountain College ended a streak of six-straight losses with a victory over the University of Maine at Presque Isle, 3-1. The win improves the Eagles record to 1-6 while the Owls remain in search of their first win, sliding to 0-11 on the season.
Green Mountain and UMPI split the first two sets of the match with Green Mountain taking the first in come-from-behind fashion, 29-27, while UMPI won the conventional way in the second set with a 25-19 win. Fatigue appeared to play a factor for UMPI as the team was playing in back-to-back matches after going five sets in its previous match with SUNY Cobleskill.
The Eagles had the luxury of being fresh and took advantage with comfortable wins in the third and fourth sets, 25-10 and 25-19.
Junior middle blocker Torie Cowell led all hitters with 11 kills and was followed closely by senior middle blocker Madison Wage who had 10 and hit an impressive .233 in the match in addition to two solo blocks at the net.
The Owls junior middle hitter Shannon Brown led all Owl hitters with eight kills, while sophomore outside hitter Hannah Boyce and freshman outside hitter Abby Jewett each had five and four kills, respectively. Senior libero Molly Lindsey buoyed the defense with a team-high 18 digs and received support from junior outside hitter Amanda Allen who tallied 14 digs. Junior setter Morgan Swan was credited with 14 assists as she directed the offense.