CASTINE, Maine (Sept. 16, 2017) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy women's volleyball team earned a pair of straight-set victories over industry-rivals Massachusetts Maritime and SUNY Maritime on Saturday night on the first day of action at the Eighth Annual Maritime Classic, hosted by Maine Maritime. With the wins, the Mariners improve to 6-1 on the season, while the Buccaneers fell to 1-7 and the Privateers dropped to 5-4.
In the 25-8, 25-14, 25-6 victory over Mass. Maritime, senior Dominique Pope (Silver Spring, Md.) recorded a match-high 11 kills as well as a team-high six digs. Sophomore Kyleigh Kappas (Parker, Colo.) dished out a match-best 24 assists and was one of three Mariners to lead the way with three service aces along with Pope and junior Megan Toler (Prunedale, Calif.). Senior Tichina Carmon (Greenville, N.C.) put down a team-best two blocks to lead all players in the match.
In the 25-14, 25-14, 25-13 win over SUNY Maritime, junior Kate Lefler (Norman, Okla.) registered a double-double as she tied for the match-high of 10 kills with senior Kayla Gleason (Sound Beach, N.Y.), while also leading all players by picking up 10 digs. Kappas added 28 assists to the Mariner offense and Carmon had three blocks.
The Mariners will face Maine Maritime tomorrow morning, Sunday, Sept. 17, in their final match of the Maritime Classic for a chance to win the tournament for the first time since the 2014 season. First serve against the Maine Maritime Mariners is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the Margaret Chase Smith Gymnasium. A live video feed of the match will be available at this link.
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