KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Oct. 19, 2015) – On Monday night, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy women's volleyball team defeated non-conference opponent the College of Staten Island in four sets, 3-1, to improve to 14-11 overall on the season, while the Dolphins fall to 7-12.
The Mariners won the first set in convincing fashion, 25-10, behind three kills apiece by sophomore Dominique Pope (Silver Spring, Md.) and Rebecca Snyder (Jacksonville, Fla.). Classmate Kayla Gleason (Sound Beach, N.Y.) dished out 9 assists in the opening set, while junior libero Darin Zacharias (Virginia Beach, Va.) picked up a team-high four digs. USMMA hit .375 in the set, while forcing CSI into a -.077 hitting percentage.
In the second set, the Dolphins jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, before Merchant Marine charged back with six straight points with freshman Hannah Hill (Parkersburg, W.Va.) serving throughout the run. Staten Island went on another run shortly after to take a 13-10 lead, forcing USMMA interim head coach Alexa Santiago to burn a timeout. With Hill serving again later in the match, the Mariners built up a 20-17 lead and they went on to score five of the next six points, including a kill by Pope to seal the set, 25-18.
CSI came out strong in the third set, building up leads of 9-2 and then 15-7, but USMMA fought back to within four points at 17-13 midway through and again at 22-18 later in the set. The Dolphins notched three of the next five points, however, to take the third-set win.
Behind four kills by Pope and 11 assists by Gleason in the fourth set, including spreading the ball around for a kill by seven different Mariners, Merchant Marine claimed a 25-14 victory to take the match. The Mariners hit at a 35.1-percent clip (16K, 3E, 37A) during the final set, while the Dolphins' hitting percentage was .000 (5K, 5E, 28A).
Pope ended the night with a match-high 15 kills, while Snyder recorded 10 kills. Gleason registered a double-double with 31 assists and 11 digs and Zacharias led all players in the game with 14 digs. Junior Gabby Marionakis (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) contributed with three services aces and Gleason, Snyder and junior Jordy Macbeth (Orlando, Fla.) all had two blocks apiece.
The Mariners will close out the 2015 season this Wednesday night, Oct. 21, with another non-conference match, this time against York College of New York. First serve is set for 7 p.m. at the Liebertz Gymnasium. Live stats and a live video feed of that contest can be accessed by clicking those links.