Babson Park, MA – The Owls traveled to Babson College for their season opener. The double header ended in two losses on the day. Losing the first match to Suffolk (0-3) and the second to Babson (0-3) in the Babson Invitational at Staake Gymnasium.
The first set (18-25, Suffolk) was back and forth early on as UMPI tied the game at eight with an Ace by Makayla Miskiewicz (Fy. Orlando, FL). The Rams would follow with an 8-1 run, giving Suffolk a lead too big for the Owls to recover.
Set two (10-25, Suffolk), the Rams kept their momentum as their 4-0 lead became a 21-4 advantage behind a 14-0 run. The Owls fought back, but the lead was too great as Suffolk take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Set three (16-25, Suffolk) started with an Owls lead 6-4 before the Rams would answer with a 9-1 stretch. Later on in the set UMPI rallied off a 6-1 run bringing the set to a four point game, 14-18. Although, the Rams would end the match shortly after with a 7-2 run.
Taylor Miller (Jr. Weeki Wachee, FL) lead the way on the offensive end for the Owls with, four kills on 14 attempts, Miranda Washinawatok (Jr. Shawano, WI) lead the team with nine assists. Mullahy had nine kills on 14 attempts for the Rams while Bell led the team in Digs with 15 on the match.
The number 20 ranked Beavers handed the Owls their second loss of the night in three sets.
The first set (10-25, Babson) began with a 6-0 run for the beavers. UMPI then bounced back as the teams went back and forth, until the deficit was too much for the Owls.
Set two (15-25, Babson), the Owls put up a fight early on, down six mid-way through the set. Babson would soon take control after a 7-3 run to end the set.
Set three (8-25, Babson), the Beavers took control early with a 10-1 run, and never looked back.
Breanna Epperly (Fy. Reserve, LA) lead the Owls in Digs with seven in her second college match. The Owls ended the match with 18 reception errors, while Babson had 33 Aces and 36 Kills in the match.
The Owls finish up their Massachusetts trip tomorrow at 10:00am vs the Manhattanville Valiants.