Fort Kent, Maine —The University of Maine at Presque Isle Women's Volleyball team (7-10) fell to its Aroostook County rival, the University of Maine at Fort Kent (15-2) on Wednesday evening. The Bengals swept the visiting Owls in straight sets in the first match, and in four sets in the second match. In the first match (25-9, 25-8, 25-11) the Bengals got off to a fast start and did not look back. The Bengals were ready from the start of the match as they were celebrating their Senior Night. Laura Aroz (Jr. Tucson, AZ) had 9 assists for UMPI in the first match and Miranda Washinawatok (So. Shawano, WI) recorded 4 kills and 16 digs.
In the second match, the game was what any good rivalry is all about: heated back and forth action. UMFK cruised to victory in the first two sets winning 25-11 and 25-8, but the Owls would not roll over in the third set, taking it 26-24. In that third set, the lead continued to switch in favor of both teams and was tied at 11 until UMFK was able to gain momentum scoring on five consecutive points. However, the Owls showed an incredible amount of relentlessness and squeaked out the victory in a tight, down to the wire contest. Vanessa Lopez was dynamic in her offensive attack, compiling nine kills in the second match alone for the Bengals. She continuously found the holes in the Owl defense with her finesse shots right over the outstretched arms of the UMPI blockers. The Bengals finished off the Owls in the fourth set, 25-12. Washinawatok led UMPI with 12 kills and 10 digs, Savannah Deavult (Fr. Hanford, CA) had 9 kills, 4 digs and 2 blocked shots, Maddi Tweatt (So. Middleton, ID) 14 digs, and Laura Aroz 24 assists and 8 digs
Next up: UMPI will travel to Keene State where they will take on UMass-Dartmouth at 2:00PM on Saturday October 6th and the Host team Keene State at 4:00PM.