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Strong finish boosts Mariners volleyball team to win over John Jay

NEW YORK, N.Y. – After dropping the first set, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy women's volleyball team reeled off three consecutive wins to upend the John Jay College, 3-1, in a non-conference match on Thursday night.


The Mariners (8-12) dropped the first encounter, 25-17, but swept the final three, 25-15, 25-12, 25-12 against the Bloodhounds (0-17).


Cassandra Pal led Kings Point with 15 kills and seven digs, while libero Michelle Danhof added match-highs 20 digs and nine service aces.


John Jay recorded a win in the first set – only its second victory this season -- before the Mariners went on a roll.
The Bloodhounds had a 5-1 lead in the second set, but the Mariners bounced back. They turned around a 6-5 deficit into a 14-6 advantage behind the servicing of Danhof.


Kings Point led from start to finish in the third set to take a 2-1 advantage, before capturing the fourth encounter.


The Mariners will have a nine-day break before traveling to Washington, D.C. on Oct. 15. They will play Juniata and Goucher on Saturday, Oct. 15 and Moravian on Sunday, Oct. 16.

Freshman libero Michelle Danhof led the Mariners with 20 digs and nine service aces. Photo by Shawn Antonelli