New London, NH – The UMPI Women's Volleyball Team dropped a 3 to 0 match to the University of Saint Joseph's Connecticut on Saturday afternoon in the first of two contests played at the Hogan Sports Center on the campus of Colby-Sawyer.
Saint Joseph's jumped out to a quick 5 to 2 lead on the Owls in the first set and stretched that margin to 19 to 3 before capping off the initial set by a 25 to 12 score.
Me-Presque Isle battled back in the second set which was close throughout. UMPI held their largest lead at 14 to 9 when Taylor Miller (Jr. Weeki Wachee, FL) got the point for the Owls on a kill. Margaret Dickinson (Jr. Brunswick, ME) recorded a service ace to put UMPI ahead 21 to 18 before the BlueJays eventually tied up the game at 21 apiece.
Saint Joseph's would go on to pull out the second set knotting the final two points for a hard fought 26 to 24 BlueJays win.
The third set featured a valiant comeback by the Owls which fell just short allowing Saint Joseph's to get the 3 to 0 win. UMaine-Presque Isle was down at one point 21 to 12 before going on a great run. Maddi Thweatt (Jr. Middleton, ID) brought UMPI to within two with a service ace and the Owls only trailed 23 to 21. A kill by Isabella Fay (Fr. Belfast, ME) closed the gap to 24 to 23 before an attack error led to the winning point for the BlueJays.
In the second match of the day, the Owls played Host Colby-Sawyer losing in 3 straight sets to the Chargers. The Home Team opened up the match with a 25 to 16 win in set number one.
Colby-Sawyer jumped out early and rolled to a 25 to 11 win in the second set before finishing the sweep in set number three with a tough 26 - 24 victory in which the Owls showed great resiliency coming back numerous times.
UMPI worked hard keeping the match close before tying it up 13 to 13 midway through and the score was 15 apiece before the Chargers gained the upper hand 19 to 16. The Owls tied the game again at 19 to 19 as the game continued to go back and forth. UMPI took the lead 24 to 23 on a service ace before succumbing to Colby-Sawyer, who scored the final 3 points for the win in the exciting third set.
Next up: UMPI will be back in action on Saturday September 21st in a 4:00 PM match at The University of Southern Maine.