Mariners Down Bard In Straight Sets At Home Thursday Night

Mariners Down Bard In Straight Sets At Home Thursday Night

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KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Sept. 29, 2016) – Sophomore Nicole Ibinson (Fredericksburg, Va.) recorded a double-double with 10 kills and a team-high 10 digs and classmate Kate Lefler (Norman, Okla.) led all players in the match with 11 kills and an impressive .400 hitting percentage, as the Mariners picked up a straight-set victory over visiting Bard on Thursday night at the Liebertz Gymnasium. The win was the Mariners' fourth straight and moves their record to 7-4 on the season, while the Raptors fall to 2-16.
 
Freshman setter Kyleigh Kappas (Parker, Colo.) dished out a game-high 40 assists over the three sets while also picking up eight digs and junior Dominique Pope (Silver Spring, Md.) contributed nine kills and eight digs on the night. Junior Kayla Gleason (Sound Beach, N.Y.) registered six kills, classmate Rebecca Snyder (Jacksonville, Fla.) added four and senior Jordy Macbeth (Orlando, Fla.) notched three kills for Merchant Marine.
 
Defensively, senior Gabby Marionakis (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) picked up seven digs, sophomore Hannah Hill (Parkersburg, W.Va.) recorded six digs as the libero in the third set and classmate Megan Toler (Prunedale, Calif.) had five digs, also all in the third set.
 
The Raptors were led by junior Philippine Alba, who had a team-high nine kills. Freshman setter Maracela Talamantes recorded 14 assists and freshman libero Emily Anastasi led all players with 12 digs in the match.
 
The Mariners will travel to Montclair, N.J., this Saturday, Oct. 1, for a non-conference tri-match at Montclair State College. The squad will take on Lehman in a neutral-site match at 1 p.m. before squaring off against the host Red Hawks at 3 p.m. Live stats and live video feeds of both matches will be available with links on the USMMA Women's Volleyball Schedule Page.
 
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