Johnson, VT – The UMPI Owls began their long Vermont weekend in a two match day with Northern Vermont University at Johnson. The Owls lost the first match in 3 sets, 25-21, 25-19, 26-24. UMPI bounced back in the second match, although it was not enough as they lost that match 3-2, winning the first and fourth match, 25-21, 19-25, 15-25, 25-20, 7-25.
UMPI – 0 vs Johnson – 3: 25-21, 25-19, 26-24
How it happened: The Badgers finished the first match with 100 attack attempts to the Owls 87, this led to the Badgers finishing the match with 32 kills to the Owls 17. The Owls did struggle with some errors but were able to regain some points with 12 service aces, although the Badgers finished with 17 themselves.
Key Performances: Miranda Washinawatok (Keshena, WI) led the Owls with five kills on only 11 attempts and adding five digs on the match. Hailey Kelly (Wells, ME) led the team in assists with nine and adding five digs. Amalia Erives (Albuquerque, NM) and Alexis Engel (Burns, WY) led the team with 10 digs each.
UMPI – 2 vs Johnson – 3: 25-21, 19-25, 15-25, 25-20, 7-25
How it happened: The Owls took the first set with some late services aces by the Owls, as they finished the match with 14 total. The second and third sets the Badgers stepped up their attacks with 26 kills between those two sets. UMPI then answered with 13 kills as a team in the fourth set, but were unable to get any on the fifth and final set.
Key Performances: Rachel Walker (Pelham, AL) and Amalia Erives (Albuquerque, NM) led the Owls with 10 kills each, Walker addedfour service aces, helping her score 15 points for the Owls and adding 18 digs. Erives finished with 14 points for the Owls, also recording four aces. Hailey Kelley (Wells, ME) led the way again for the Owls with 22 assists. Alexis Engel (Burns, WY) led the team defensively with 20 digs.
The Owls will continue their Vermont trip with another divisional North Atlantic Conference match vs Northern Vermont University at Lyndon tomorrow.