BRONK, N.Y. (Sept. 22, 2018) – The USMMA women's volleyball team played two matches on Saturday in its final day of action at the Maritime Classic hosted by SUNY Maritime College. In the opener, the Mariners were swept by Maine Maritime, 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-21), but they rebounded to defeat Mass. Maritime in straight sets, 25-6, 25-13, 25-10. With the split, Merchant Marine's record moves to 4-5 on the season.
Senior Kate Lefler (Norman, Okla.) and freshman Taylor Gilbertson (Phoenix, Ariz.) both recorded a team-high nine kills in the first match against Maine Maritime. Lefler also led the Mariners with seven digs. Freshman Brittney Pinzon (Fullerton, Calif.) dished out a match-high 22 assists to go along with six digs.
For Maine Maritime, freshman Rachel Melampy led all players in the match with 12 kills on a .364 hitting percentage. Junior Sydney Adams helped the offense with 21 assists and junior Maria Perez had a match-high nine digs.
In the second match against Mass. Maritime, freshman Shelby Bowman (Redmond, Wash.) led all players with 11 kills on a .556 hitting percentage. Junior libero Nicole Ibinison (Fredericksburg, Va.) recorded a match-high seven digs and freshman Jessica Buchanan (Kathleen, Ga.) served as the Mariners' setter in the final two sets and dished out 18 assists. Junior Alaina Hudson (King George, Va.) added five service aces in the victory.
Mass. Maritime was held to a -.283 hitting percentage, as juniors Marie Harrison and Michelle Sheehan both registered two kills apiece. Sophomore Madison Coughlin had four assists and two Buccaneers had a team-best four digs apiece, Harrison and freshman Brooke Naatz.
The Mariners return to action on Tuesday night, Sept. 26, when they open up Skyline Conference action on the road at St. Joseph's-Long Island. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Golden Eagles' Danzi Athletic Center. Live stats for the game will be available with a link on the USMMA Women's Volleyball Schedule Page.
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