Kings Point, NY - The USMMA volleyball team gave its lone senior, Kelly Hodges (Lakewood, CO), a victory on Senior Night as the Mariners defeated CCNY, 3-1. Hodges racked up a season high eight kills in the final regular season match of 2013. Freshman Jordy Macbeth (Orlando, FL) had a standout night for USMMA with 16 kills to go along with a superb .462 hitting percentage.
Merchant Marine (12-5) broke open a 17-17 tied in the first set and surged down the stretch with an 8-1 run that ultimately led to a 25-18 victory. Back-to-back kills from Michelle Danhof (San Antonio, TX) and Macbeth opened up a 22-18 cushion and the frame was wrapped up from there by three straight Beavers hitting errors. Danhof earned a double-double on the night with 10 kills and 14 digs.
CCNY (10-19) would level the match at 1-1 after posting a match best nine kills in the second set, coupled with 10 hitting errors by the Mariners. The Beavers attack was led by the 13 kills of Leticia Mariotti while Veralucia Quispe paced the defense with 17 digs.
The Mariners engineered another late run in the third set, this time taking five straight points on the serve of Amanda See (Waukesha, WI) to build a 19-14 advantage. USMMA took the game, 25-18, as Danhof delivered set point with one of USMMA's 12 service aces of the match.
Merchant Marine would have to dig deep in the fourth set after seeing a 15-7 lead evaporate and found themsleves down 22-21, forcing Head Coach Iain Bradbury to call timeout. USMMA responded off the bench with kills from Cassie Walter (Rocky Ford, CO) and Macbeth as well as a Gabby Marionakis (Royal Palm Beach, FL) ace. Danhof gave the Mariners the 3-1 win, 25-22 in the fourth set, sending a kill to the floor that ended the regular season for Merchant Marine on a high note.
Jennifer Perkins (North Attleboro, MA) notched eight kills and three blocks on the night while Riley Huelbig (Poolesville, MD) dished out 42 assists in the victory. Darin Zacharias (Virginia Beach, VA) anchored the defense with 17 digs and Cassandra Palma (Loomis, CA) reached double figures with 10 kills.