KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Sept. 20, 2015) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy women's volleyball team defeated visiting Maine Maritime, 3-1, in the second match of the final day of the Sixth Annual Maritime Classic Volleyball Tournament on Saturday at the Liebertz Gymnasium. With the victory, the Mariners claimed the Maritime Classic Championship for the second-straight season and third time overall.
Merchant Marine took the first set, 25-15, but Maine Maritime fought back to tie the match with a nail-biting, back-and-forth 25-23 second-set victory. USMMA took the third and fourth sets 25-18 and 25-17, respectively, to capture the victory. The Mariners improve to 7-3 with the win, while Maine Maritime falls to 8-4.
Cook recorded a triple-double in the match, leading all players with 16 kills to go along with 15 digs and 11 assists. She also registered four service aces on the day. Junior libero Darin Zacharias (Virginia Beach, Va.) picked up a match-high 20 digs, while sophomore Kayla Gleason (Sound Beach, N.Y.) dished out 26 assists. Junior captain Gabby Marionakis (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) contributed 12 digs in the victory.
Maine Maritime had three girls register double-doubles, as freshman Tess Clark led the team with 14 kills and 19 digs, while junior Gillian O'Neal had 12 kills and 11 digs and freshman Melissa Spaulding dished out a match-high 33 assists to go along with 12 digs. Three other Mariners recorded double-digit digs – seniors Molly Marcotte (16) and Jessica Menges (10) and freshman Alex McClure (10).
Up next, Merchant Marine will open Landmark Conference action this Tuesday night, Sept. 22, when the Mariners host the Royals of the University of Scranton. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside the Liebertz Gymnasium.