Panthers Fight Past Monks in Five Sets

Panthers Fight Past Monks in Five Sets

STANDISH, Maine – Plymouth State University (15-1) edged Saint Joseph's College (3-12), 3-2 (24-26, 25-15, 25-20, 18-25, 15-5), in a non-conference volleyball match at the Harold Alfond Center on Tuesday evening. With the win, the Panthers extend their winning streak to six games. 


After winning a thrilling first set, the Monks faced a 2-1 deficit going into the fourth frame and responded with a decisive 25-18 victory, forcing a winner-take-all fifth set in the process. The fifth frame started with a service ace from Olivia Kent (Ellington, Conn.), but the Panthers responded with five unanswered points – three off SJC attack errors – to secure a 5-1 lead and claim momentum. 

Kelsey Bickford (Somersworth, N.H.) stopped the Plymouth State run with a kill to make it a 5-2 score, but St. Joe's committed three attack miscues, allowing the visitors to secure a 9-2 lead and forcing Head Coach Jon Roberts to call a timeout.  

The Monks looked to battle back from the deficit as Bickford produced another kill and sophomore Sarah Quinn (Dover, N.H.) threw down a block to make it a 10-4 game, but the Panthers answered with five of the following six points to earn the five-set triumph. 


  • Bickford led the Monks with 12 kills on 34 attempts for a .294 attack percentage with three digs and three block solos 
  • Kent netted 11 kills and a pair of service aces 
  • Freshman Hanna Holden (Stoughton, Mass.) tallied 30 assists, two aces, and 11 digs 
  • Junior Madison Provencher (Rochester, N.H.) added 11 digs and a pair of aces 
  • Quinn and junior Erin Olson (Stoughton, Mass.) chipped in with six kills and three block solos apiece 


  • Junior Francie Shaffer (Frederick, Colo.) produced 12 kills on 27 attempts 
  • Junior Carabeth Norklun (Goffstown, N.H.) registered 11 kills on 19 attempts for a .474 attack percentage 
  • Sophomore Alexa Price (Moultonborough, N.H.) notched 42 assists, 15 digs, four aces, and three kills 
  • Freshman Emilee Flanagan (Milton, N.H.) delivered eight kills, three block solos, and two aces 
  • Senior Alisha Flanagan (Milton, N.H.) contributed 20 digs 


Saint Joseph's is off until Saturday, October 5th when the Monks host Anna Maria College (11:00 AM) and Norwich University (3:00 PM) in a GNAC tri-match.




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Founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy in Portland, Maine, Saint Joseph’s College is Maine’s Catholic liberal arts college in the Mercy tradition. We are inclusive of all faiths, including no faith. The 474-acre campus, located on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and a Division III athletic program to a population of approximately 1,000 on-campus students. A pioneer of distance education since the 1970s, the College also provides online certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees for thousands more working adults who reside in more than 20 other countries. In 2015 the College was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its Community Engagement Classification, highlighting the College’s focus on community service throughout its mission and daily interactions within local, regional, and global communities. In 2018, Princeton Review recognized SJC as one of its “Green Colleges” for its sustainability initiatives. Learn more at