BEVERLY, Mass. – The University of Saint Joseph volleyball team finished its 2015 season with a split of a tri-match Saturday at Endicott College.
USJ defeated Eastern Nazarene in three sets (25-15, 25-10, 25-21) before falling in three to Endicott (25-17, 25-20, 25-5).
USJ finished 12-16 overall. Unfortunately, the Blue Jays missed out on a Great Northeast Athletic Conference Tournament appearance, coming up short in the league's tiebreaker process. Mount Ida, Suffolk and USJ all finished tied for the eighth and final playoff spot with three conference wins. As the teams went 1-1 against each other and defeated the same two conference opponents, the next tie-breaker, sets won between the tied teams came into play. Suffolk won three total sets in the two matches and was eliminated as USJ and Mount Ida won four apiece. Going to the two-team tiebreaker process at that point, Mount Ida defeated the Blue Jays during the regular season, allowing the Mustangs to earn the final spot.
The Blue Jays earned their final win of the season in convincing fashion over Eastern Nazarene (3-26). Tiffany Mapusaga (Waianae, Haw.) had 12 kills to lead the Blue Jays. Emily Vigue (Lebanon, Conn.) and Sarah Lipinski (Farmington, Conn.) had six kills apiece and Hannah Lemek (Bristol, Conn.) added five put-aways. Kara Klimaszewski (Naugatuck, Conn.) had 23 assists and 14 digs for USJ.
Vigue had seven kills and Mapusaga had five kills and a match-high 17 digs in the finale against Endicott (21-9). Lipinski added 10 digs.
The two seniors, Vigue and Mapusaga, finished outstanding careers. Vigue had 610 kills, 802 digs, 214 aces and 110 assists in her four years and Mapusaga, the 2014 GNAC Offensive Player of the Year, had two-year totals of 609 kills, 641 digs, 126 assists and 111 aces.