BANGOR, ME – The University of Maine at Presque Isle Volleyball team (1-4) opened the season at the Husson Invitational where they participated in five matches over a two day period. The Owls swept the first match against Maine Machias before dropping decisions to Michigan – Dearborn, Husson, Maine – Fort Kent, and Unity College.
UMPI def. Machias – 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-13)
Senior Abby Jewett (Bass Harbor, ME) led the team with 17 kills in the opening match of the season. Esmeralda Galvan (FR, Bullhead City, AZ) set the tone of the match by leading the team with twelve service aces. The Owls would record 21 aces in the match. Laura Aroz (FR, Tuscon, AZ) took over the setter duties for the Owls and ended with 14 assists. The Owls also excelled defensively, recording 34 digs, with Galvan collecting ten, while Jewett and Hannah Williams (SO, Park Falls, NS) recorded nine apiece. UMPI looked to have their attack hitting on all cylinders in the third set, converting ten kills on 17 attempts and recording just one error in those attack attempts. Samantha Penn would lead the Clippers with seven kills.
Michigan – Dearborn def. UMPI – 3-0 (25-13, 25-10, 25-9)
Dearborn was dominant in team effort to sink the Owls in Friday night's second match. The Wolverines would record 34 kills, 18 service aces, and 47 digs in the match, suppressing the UMPI attack and controlling match for themselves. Kristina Ivanovic (SO, Macomb, MI) would lead all players with nine kills. Daniella Barile (FR, Plymouth, MI) ended with 33 assists while Raechel Warchock (SR, Jackson, MI) would tally twenty digs. Galvan would lead the Owls with three kills and eight digs, while Aroz would contribute three kills as well.
Husson def. UMPI – 3-0 (25-13, 25-8, 25-23)
After being handled early by the Eagles, the Owls would rally in the third set but fall short, dropping the decision to the host school. UMPI's Williams would lead all players with nine kills in the effort. Galvan's 15 digs and Jewett's nine were essential in keeping Husson's attack percentage in check. The biggest difference in the match came with Husson's 13 service aces, while the Owls would record just three, all of which came from Brooke Smith (SO, Calais, ME). Lindsay Chapman (SR, Gorham, ME) would lead the Eagle attack with eight kills, while Kaitlyn Woods (SO, Charlton, MA) would tally seven.
UMFK def. UMPI – 3-0 (25-12, 25-10, 25-12)
The UMPI attack stalled in the fourth match of the weekend, and the Bengals took full advantage. The Owls would record just eight kills as a team, six of which were tallied by Jewett. The senior also had eight digs in the match, as three other UMPI players recorded five digs (Galvan, Aroz, and Sara Boies (FR, Baileyville, ME)). Fort Kent got a big day from Brianna Krystek (SR, Fairfield, CA) who would finish with 16 kills in 18 attempts. Selina Castro (JR, Fairfield, CA) ended with 28 assists, while Kamalani Kahele (JR, Kalihi, HI) wound up with ten digs in the match.
Unity def. UMPI – 3-2 (25-18, 25-19, 23-25, 20-25, 15-8)
The Owls were flat to start their final match of the tournament. They committed 18 attack errors in the first three sets, setting the Rams up to win the first two sets, and just barely avoiding being swept in the third set. UMPI seemed to be gaining momentum in the fourth as they rallied to take it by a five point margin, but Unity would dig in and grab the fifth and final set by a final score of 15-8. Jewett would match her season high of 17 kills, while Galvan, Williams, and Smith would add five of their own. Aroz and Williams would share some setting duties in this one, with Aroz collecting 21 assists while Williams finished with ten. Galvan recorded 12 digs, while Boise would come up with six service aces. Unity was led by Jacklyn Collins (JR, Rifle, CO) who would end with eleven kills, ten service aces, and nine digs.