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Gators Grind out Victory over Becker

Gators Grind out Victory over Becker

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Pine Manor College women's volleyball notched a 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-18, 25-21) victory over visiting Becker College in an entertaining four-set match on Thursday evening at Brunelli Court. With the win, the Gators now stand at 3-7 on the season, while Becker falls to 1-9.

Susan Le (Lowell, Mass.) registered a team-high 14 digs for the Gators, while Destiny Mann (Orlando, Fla.) and Phalogne Pierre (Boston, Mass.) each put down eight kills to pace the offense. In addition, Mann and Pierre each finished with 12 and 11 kills respectively.

Freshman Ashley Whiteshield (Seward, Alaska) finished with a match-high 20 assists while also adding 13 digs just a day after receiving GSAC Player of the Week Award honors.

Becker freshman Kirsti Hadzewycz (Daytona Beach, Fla.) led all players with 10 kills in the match, while classmate Chase Peterson (Redding, Conn.) put in a standout night on defense registering a match-high 36 digs for the Hawks. Marissa Turner (Coventry, R.I.) also added six kills and 13 digs for Becker.

The Gators took the early 1-0 set lead in the match thanks to a 25-23 victory in the first set. Pierre put down three of her team-high 8 kills in the opening frame as PMC was able to hold off a late Becker rally.

The Hawks carried the moment they gained late in the first set into the second set, jumping out to an early lead and holding off PMC for their own 25-23 victory. The Gators attempted more attacks in the second set but were unable to rally past the Hawks, as Peterson and Co. held strong on defense.

Peterson and Turner finished as a two of six Hawks players with double-figure dig totals. In addition Charlene Landry (Gorham, Maine) added 13, while Jocelyn Kelly (Oaksdale, Conn.) had 12, Cheyenne Melanson (Sandown, N.H.) had 11 and Samantha Caouette (Montague, Mass.) tallied 10 for the Hawks.

The Gators raced out to a big lead in the third set, taking a 16-6 advantage that forced a Becker timeout. Following the timeout, the Hawks battled back to close the gap but PMC still eased to victory as Pierre put down a kill for the final point in the 25-18 PMC set victory.

In the fourth set, neither team was able to string together points until PMC broke a 16-all tie to take a 20-16 advantage. The four point advantage proved to be the difference in the match, as PMC continued to lead by four points in the closing stages, en route to the 25-21 set victory and the 3-1 match victory.

Pine Manor will look to stay in the win column next Tuesday evening when they host UMass.-Dartmouth at 7:00 PM. Becker will also return to action on Tuesday evening when they host Mass. Maritime.