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September 15, 2012

Women’s Volleyball Sinks Buccaneers, 3-0

Buzzards Bay, MA – The Merchant Marine volleyball team convincingly defeated Massachusetts Maritime Saturday night, winning the first match of the 3rd Annual Maritime Classic against the host Buccaneers.  The Mariners hit a blistering .359 in the match and were led by the ten kills of Cassandra Palma (Loomis, CA).  USMMA racked up 26 service aces, including a match high nine from Caitlin McCabe (Edgewood, NM).

Merchant Marine (5-3) stormed off with the first set, claiming 15 conseuctive points on the serve of McCabe to take a commanding 21-7 lead.  The Buccaneers finished the opening game with just one kill on the stat line.  Back-to-back service aces from Palma sealed the first set for USMMA, 25-10. 

Massachusetts Maritime (0-6) fought even with the Mariners to start the second set, drawing level at 7-7.  However, another USMMA surge would allow the visitors to take a 16-10 advantage.  Paige Queen (Falcon, CO) and Riley Huelbig (Poolesville, MD) directed the offense and totaled 12 and nine assists, respectively.  Merchant Marine cruised to a 25-17 triumph in the second set, capped by another Palma ace.

The Mariners finished the 3-0 rout with a 25-9 victory in the final set.  Kelly Hodges (Lakewood, CO) powered down her seventh kill of the night on match point to send USMMA home with a win.

Merchant Marine returns to action tomorrow for the final two matches of the 3rd Annual Maritime Classic as they tangle with Maritime (NY) and Maine Maritime.