Monks Top Pilgrims in Four Sets

Monks Top Pilgrims in Four Sets

STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph's College (5-13) defeated New England College in four competitive sets (25-22, 26-24, 25-27, 27-25) in a non-conference women's volleyball match at the Harold Alfond Center on Tuesday night.


The Monks opened the evening with a 25-22 set victory and withstood a late surge by the Pilgrims to notch a 26-24 second-set triumph and 2-0 match advantage.

Facing a shutout setback, New England opened up a 12-6 lead in the third frame only to see the hosts surge back with a 7-1 run and tie the set at 13 apiece. St. Joe's later held a 22-18 lead, but NEC responded with a 7-2 outburst and put the Royal Blue away with a Jaycie Kodama (Pauoa Valley, Hawaii) service ace.

In the fourth set, the Monks took advantage of four consecutive attack errors to claim a 4-0 lead and went on to own an 18-12 advantage after sophomore Olivia Kent (Ellington, Conn.) posted a solo block. The seesaw play continued, as the Pilgrims proceeded to go on a 10-4 run and knot the set at 22-22. Several minutes later the fourth frame was mired in a 25-25 stalemate, but senior Kelsey Bickford (Somersworth, N.H.) rejected a Tihani Ehia (Kaneohe, Hawaii) attempt to put her team ahead and a bad set followed to propel the Monks to the hard fought 3-1 win.


Tonight's match featured 33 tie scores – including 12 in the third set alone - and 14 lead changes.


  • Junior Erin Olson (Stoughton, Mass.) delivered a match-high 14 kills with six total blocks
  • Sophomore Sarah Quinn (Dover, N.H.) posted 11 kills and 13 digs
  • Bickford produced 10 kills, 10 digs, and four total blocks
  • Freshman Hanna Holden (Stoughton, Mass.) dealt 25 assists with five digs
  • Junior Madison Provencher (Rochester, N.H.) added 16 digs


  • Ehia contributed 10 kills, 12 digs and a pair of aces
  • Shirita Wimberly (Waipahu, Hawaii) posted a double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs
  • Dreka Griffin (Calera, Ala.) added 10 kills, six digs, and four total blocks
  • Maggie Dadmun (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) chipped in with 24 assists and two aces
  • Kodama posted a team-high 15 digs


With the victory, Saint Joseph's is now 1-1 all-time versus New England College. The Pilgrims shut out the Monks, 3-0, in Henniker last fall.


Saint Joseph's will host University of New England on Thursday at 6:00 PM.




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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