BRONX, N.Y. (Oct. 21, 2018) – The USMMA women's volleyball team picked up a pair of straight-set Skyline Conference wins on the road on Sunday in a tri-match hosted by SUNY Maritime. The Mariners defeated the host Privateers, 25-14, 25-12, 25-16, before taking care of Farmingdale State, 25-16, 25-17, 25-12, in the second match. Merchant Marine has now won 13-straight matches and improve to 16-5 (8-0 Skyline) with the two victories.
In the opener against SUNY, freshman Taylor Gilbertson (Phoenix, Ariz.) accounted for 18 points for the Mariners, as she had a match-high 14 kills to go along with four service aces. Classmate Shelby Bowman (Redmond, Wash.) contributed 11 kills and eight digs, while fellow plebe Juliet Vendl (Colorado Springs, Colo.) had nine kills on a team-best .562 hitting percentage (9k-0e-16a).
Junior Kyleigh Kappas (Parker, Colo.) dished out 35 assists and had a match-high four blocks, while defensively, classmate Nicole Ibinson (Fredericksburg, Va.) picked up nine digs and fellow junior Alaina Hudson (King George, Va.) had eight digs.
Against the Rams in the second match, Gilbertson recorded 17 kills, while Bowman had eight and Vendl chipped in with seven. Hudson registered a match-best six service aces, Kappas capped off an incredible day with 36 assists, while Bowman picked up nine digs and Ibinson had eight digs.
Up next, the Mariners will conclude the regular season next Saturday, Oct. 27, with another Skyline Conference tri-match, this hosted by SUNY Purchase. USMMA will face Old Westbury in a neutral-site match beginning at 1 p.m. before closing out the regular season with a match against the host Purchase Panthers at 3 p.m. Live stats of both matches will be available at this link.
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