KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Sept. 30, 2015) – On Wednesday night, the USMMA women's volleyball team hosted the City College of New York for a non-conference contest at the Liebertz Gymnasium. The Mariners defeated the Beavers in straight sets, 25-10, 25-12 and 25-14, to improve to 10-5 overall on the season, while CCNY fell to 3-16 in defeat.
Freshman Nicole Ibinson (Fredericksburg, Va.) led the way offensively for Merchant Marine, recording a match-high 10 kills to go along with eight digs. Sophomore Kayla Gleason (Sound Beach, N.Y.) dished out 26 assists on the night and picked up nine digs and six service aces, while junior Darin Zacharias (Virginia Beach, Va.) recorded a team-high 14 digs.
USMMA built up 9-0 leads quickly in both the first and second sets before the Beavers got on the board. In the opening set, the Mariners went on to take leads of 14-2 and 21-6 before CCNY spun off a 4-1 run to get to double digits. However, three straight by Merchant Marine sealed the first set, 25-10.
In the second set, the Mariners gained leads of 12-1, 15-3, 18-4 and again 21-6. City College fought back with a 6-3 run, including three straight while USMMA had set-point, to bring the score to 24-12. One of five kills on the night by freshman Megan Toler (Prunedale, Calif.) ended the set, 25-12, in favor of the hosts.
The third set saw the Beavers take their first lead of the night, 1-0, but the Mariners quickly rallied back to take a 4-1 advantage. CCNY fought back to within two, 6-4, before Merchant Marine started to pull away with a 14-4 run that brought the Mariner lead up to 20-8. City College wouldn't do down quietly, however, as they took six of the next nine points to bring the score to 23-14, USMMA. An attack error by CCNY followed by one of six kills on the night by sophomore Rebecca Snyder (Jacksonville, Fla.) clinched the match for the Mariners.
For City College, sophomore Angela Ubanwa had a team-best seven kills, while classmate Magd Zamzam spread out 13 assists. Sophomore libero Vera Quispe led all players in the match with 18 digs.
Up next, the Mariners travel to Scranton this Saturday, Oct. 3, to take part in a Landmark Conference quadmatch, where will they will face Elizabethtown (11-7, 0-3 Landmark) and Moravian (8-9, 1-2 Landmark) in neutral site matches.