BANGOR, Maine – Husson University women's volleyball team defeated University of Maine at Presque Isle in straight sets in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women's Volleyball Championship Quarterfinal matchup Saturday afternoon inside Newman Gym.
Husson (15-14) started out strong against Maine-Presque Isle (5-27) in the first postseason matchup between the two schools in 14 years by quickly scoring their first 12 points of the first set before allowing the Owls to reach their second point. The Owls would start to come back late in the set, but they could not hold off Husson's tenacious offense as the Eagles won the set 25-14.
The tables turned at the beginning of the second set as UMPI stepped up its defense to keep Husson at bay, holding them at 5-8 early on. UMPI continued to put the pressure on, but the Eagles stayed close behind the impressive offense of Kaitlyn Woods and Bailey Cote to tie it up 18-18 halfway through the second set. Husson battled the Owls for the rest of the set to overtake UMPI with a score of 25-22.
The Eagles kept the momentum going in the third set with an impressive 11-4 run early on with Cote and Riley Mooers supplying strong offense and defense with multiple blocks and kill shots. Husson showed no signs of slowing down as they brought the third set to 17-8 half through the set. Nia Arranaga provided solid defense late in the set for the Eagles, but with impressive showing from Maine-Presque Isle's Abby Jewett helped the Owls start to close the gap at 22-17 but the Eagles didn't give as Husson finished the third set 25-17 to advance to the program's 11th NAC Women's Volleyball Championship Semifinal game.
Cote paced the Husson attack registering 10 of the teams 33 kills on the afternoon, with a .500 hitting percentage. Woods and Arranaga contributed seven and six kills respectively for the Eagles and setter Hanna Hembrow dished out a match-high 28 assists.
On the defensive end, the Eagles were led by Woods and Delaney Chisholm with nine digs apiece, while Marissa Tautimer chipped in with eight digs. Cote led the way for Husson with four total blocks (1 solo, 3 assists).
Arranaga recorded five aces to become the sixth Eagle in program history with 200 career aces.
Jewett led the Owls with a match-up 14 kills and 10 digs earning her ninth double-double of the season, while teammate Laura Aroz added 11 assists.
Husson travels to Castine, Maine on Friday, Nov. 4 to face second seeded Colby-Sawyer for the right to advance to the NAC Championship Game on Saturday, Nov. 5.