LEICESTER, MA – The UMPI Volleyball team split sets in the Tri-Match at Becker College on Saturday. The Owls would take the win over the hosts in the opener, winning three games and losing one. UMPI would fall in the second match against Albertus Magnus College three games to one.
UMPI def. Becker 3-1 (25-18, 26-24, 22-25, 25-20)
The Owls were able to win in some close games, and recovered nicely after dropping the third to win the final game by five.
Miranda Washinawatok (FR, Shawano, WI) led the Owls with 16 kills while Taylor Johnson (FR, Eagle, ID) would record 15 kills and eight digs. Maddi Thweatt (FR, Middleton, ID) would add ten kills and five digs. Ashlon Straub (FR, Bakersfield, CA) would have seven service aces while being credited with 12 digs. Laura Aroz (SO, Tucson, AZ) would record 38 assists, while Hannah Williams (JR, Park Falls, NS) would tally 19 digs.
Albertus Magnus def. UMPI 3-1 (25-14, 25-20, 30-32, 25-11)
UMPI could not overcome Albertus Magnus despite hanging tough and taking the third game by a score of 32-30.
Thweatt would end the game with ten kills and 11 digs, while Washinawatok would add eight kills. Brittney Harper (FR, East Mountain, NS) and Johnson would each be credited with 11 digs. Williams would have an incredible defensive effort, recording 34 digs.
Head Coach Jonathon Bowman talked about his team's effort. "Last year we lost to Becker 3 straight. This year was a very different story. We lost the second match but won the third game 32-30. To me that shows that we still have a lot more potential. I had players playing new positions for the first time in competition and still other players that can contribute more off the bench."
The Owls will travel to Husson on Wednesday to take on the Eagles. That match will start at 5 pm. It will be the fourth time those two teams have met up this season.