BANGOR, Maine - Senior Hanna Hembrow became the all-time leader in assists with 1,956 as the Husson University women's volleyball team (7-23, 2-4 NAC) pulled off a sweep on senior day to close out the 2019 season. The Eagles finished North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play with a 3-0 win versus the University of Maine-Presque Isle (7-17, 1-5 NAC) before defeating the University of Maine-Fort Kent (13-10) - for the first time since 2011 - with a 3-2 victory.
Husson 3, UMPI 0 (25-15, 25-20, 27-25)
Prior to the match, head coach Pat DeBeck and the program honored their three seniors; #3 Delaney Chisholm, #7 Hanna Hembrow, and #11 Mary Grace Power as they prepared to step foot on the court in Newman Gym for the final time in their collegiate career.
The Eagles swept the Owls in the NAC Battle of the Birds as each set grew closer and closer as Husson held UMPI to just one kill in the first set before the Owls began fighting back. The Eagles tacked on at least eight kills in each set.
Power led the Eagles, scoring 15.0 points and a double-double between 13 kills and 13 digs. Fellow senior, Hembrow set up 23 kills, had five unreturnable serves, and helped on defense with nine digs. As the libero, Chisholm contributed 13 digs while Cat Torres and Amber Lemay both added double digits in digs. Karimah Land stopped the Owls' attack with five total blocks.
Big contributors for the Owls included Ashlon Stroub with four kills and two aces, along with Maddi Thweatt sending over a team-high six kills. Defensively, Breanna Epperly had 18 digs and Miranda Washinawatok chipped in seven.
Husson 3, UMFK 2 (24-26, 25-17, 24-26, 25-14, 15-13)
The Eagles defeated the Bengals for the first time in 15 matches, after winning the fourth set in a convincing fashion to force a decisive fifth set. The Eagles trailed in the fifth set before regrouping and winning the final three points for the victory.
The historical moment of the match happened on the final kill of the fourth set as Hembrow set up Eryka West for a kill. With the set point, the senior recorded her 1,950th assist to become the all-time leader in HU program history. Hembrow also became second all-time for assists in a single-season with 639 by the end of the night.
The Eagles pulled off the victory thanks in part to the 44 assists by Hembrow and 14 digs for a double-double. In her final collegiate match, Power also concluded her career with her second double-double of the day between 11 kills and 18 digs. Cheyenne Young posted a positive attack percentage of .265 with ten kills. Torres helped the backline with 15 digs while Haley Andrews contributed 11.
The Bengals had five players with at least 12 digs as Luse Lumas held the team-high with 17. Rachel Nance blocked three kills by herself while both her and teammate Heather Harness provided eight kills apiece. Kaylee Neher put up 16 digs and seven kills.
This concludes the 2019 season for the Husson University women's volleyball team.