When and Where: September 20, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Fieldhouse)
Score: Franklin Pierce University 3, Southern New Hampshire University 0
Records: FPU 5-6 (1-0 NE-10), SNHU 2-11 (0-1 NE-10)
Freshman Jessie Leclerc (Englewood, Fla.) tallied a match- and career-high 27 digs, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's volleyball team lost to Franklin Pierce University, 3-0 (25-19, 26-24, 25-19), Tuesday evening in both teams' Northeast-10 opener at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
Franklin Pierce led 9-4 early in set one when a 12-4 rush from Southern New Hampshire handed the Penmen a 16-13 advantage. Senior Victoria Wehrmann (Dallas, Texas), junior Marisa Coronis (Hudson, N.H.) and freshman Jaclyn Maguire (Rochester, N.Y.) each recorded two kills during the run, while freshman Joanne Coffey (Merrimack, N.H.) racked up a kill and six assists. The Ravens responded with a 6-3 spurt that evened the set at 19-all before they collected the final six points of the set to go up 1-0 in the match.
In the second set, SNHU held an early three-point lead before a 7-0 run from Franklin Pierce gave it an 11-7 advantage. Southern New Hampshire countered with an 8-1 streak that put it in front, 17-13. The Penmen had match-point three different times, but the Ravens reeled off five straight points to a take a commanding 2-0 lead.
Franklin Pierce jumped out to a 4-1 lead in set No. 3 before a pair of Maguire kills put the Penmen on top, 5-4. The back-and-forth continued for much of the set, which was eventually tied at 16 when the Ravens scored nine of the final 12 points to take the match.
Wehrmann and classmate Megan Salamun (Scottsdale, Ariz.) each posted nine kills, with freshman Amanda Costales (Wantagh, N.Y.) chipping in six kills and four digs. Maguire added five kills and six digs and Coffey handed out 24 assists to go along with six digs. Sophomore Shaira Sanabria (Tampa, Fla.) notched 10 kills.
-Leclerc, whose 27 digs were the most since Maeghan Higgins registered the same amount in a 3-0 win at Pace on Nov. 13, 2015, also added a pair of service aces.
-The Penmen were outhit in all three sets, as well as .215-.113 for the match.
The Penmen return to action Tuesday, Sept. 27 (7 p.m.) when they take on Stonehill College. The next home match for SNHU is Saturday, Oct. 1 (1 p.m.) when it plays host to Assumption College at the Fieldhouse.
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