BANGOR, Maine - The Husson women's volleyball team hosted their first Husson Eagles Classic on Friday, September 6th and Saturday, September 7th in Newman Gym, welcoming four teams to compete in the double court marathon of matches. Following four competitions against SUNY Plattsburgh, Bates College, Curry College, and Saint Joseph's College (Maine), Husson came out with a pair of losses on Friday evening, but closed out Saturday with two big wins, including - Husson Head Coach Pat DeBeck's 200th career victory and the Eagles' first triumph over the Monks since 2008.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th
SUNY Plattsburgh 3 - Husson 2 (21-25, 25-22, 25-21, 14-25, 15-5)
The Eagles opened up the tournament taking the Cardinals to five very competitive sets. Husson was down 2-1 before winning the fourth set in a convincing fashion as they found their groove with very few errors and sending over nine kills as a team. In the fifth set, Husson's slipped up one too many times to help SUNY Plattsburgh jump ahead and come away with the win.
Hanna Hembrow had a career-high 37 assists in the first match of the weekend while Mary Grace Power posted 16 kills. Cat Torres led the Eagles in service aces with three while three other players contributed two. Three Eagles hit double digits in digs as Haley Andrews led the squad with 15.
For the Cardinals, Michelle Simmons had 14 kills on 20 attempts for an impressive .700 kill percentage. Allyssa Rock put up 12 assists and two aces while Megan Hyde and Rachel Mennonna each had 16 digs.
Bates 3 - Husson 0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-14)
The Eagles fell behind early to the Bobcats and never quite caught up as Bates grabbed a win against Husson on their way to a 4-0 record in the tournament.
For Bates, Julia Panepinto had 13 assists while Emma Eide added ten to help their team earn 31 kills overall. Ruby Lightbourn crushed seven kills on 11 attempts while grabbing nine digs. As a team, Bates acquired a total of ten aces.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7th
Husson 3 - Curry 0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-17)
The sweep of Curry College was an exciting one in Newman Gym, not only for being the Eagles first win of the season on their home court, but also a historic win for head coach Pat DeBeck as he recorded his 200th career victory.
The Eagles dominated offensively, striking down 10-plus kills in each set with Mary Grace Power leading the way with 14 kills and six aces while Sophia Pagliarini added seven kills. Hanna Hembrow helped out her team with 27 assists while Adrienne Beatty and Cat Torres each hit double digits in digs.
For the Colonels, Lex Bell was all over the court setting up six assists and 13 digs. Shea Mathews added on nine digs.
Husson 3 - Saint Joseph's College (Maine) 1 (23-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-21)
After coming up just shy in a neck-and-neck match with the Monks, the Eagles came back with a vengeance and powered through three straight sets to pick up their first win over St. Joe's since 2008.
Husson stood strong in the fourth set to secure the win by sending over 11 kills and giving up just one error as a team. Mary Grace Power and Karimah Land helped lead the offensive effort as Power contributed 12 kills and Land had seven. Cat Torres picked up four quick points by serving aces. Defensively, four Eagles grabbed 10-plus digs while Hanna Hembrow had four block assists and Land jumped up for three solo blocks and three assists.
The Monks also had four players contributing defensively with blocks in the double digits. Hanna Holden set up 28 kills while teammate Erin Olsen led the attack with 12 kills. Behind the service line, Olivia Kent sent over three aces.
The Eagles will once again welcome another team to their home court as they take on UMaine-Fort Kent for a doubleheader on Wednesday, September 11th with the first match starting at 5 p.m.