Mitchell, Beavers best Unity in opener

Mitchell, Beavers best Unity in opener

UNITY, Maine -- Shannon Mitchell (Portsmouth, N.H.) notched 13 kills as the University of Maine at Farmington women's volleyball team opened its 2011 season with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-21) victory over Unity College in non-conference action this evening.

The Beavers (1-0) are scheduled to compete at the Colby Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Waterville. UMF is tabbed to take on Maine Maritime Academy Friday at 5 p.m. followed by the Mules (10 a.m.) and Gordon College (1 p.m.) on Saturday.

Mitchell's stellar start to her senior season featured a .545 hitting percentage (13-1-22), six digs and a pair of solo blocks. Marina Tello (San Antonio, Texas) led the Beavers with 11 digs, while Whitney Walls (Bar Harbor, Maine) handed out 16 assists.

Headlined by four from Shannon Brown (Calais, Maine), UMF served up 13 aces in the match.

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