No. 1 Maine Maritime Academy and No. 2 SUNY Canton advance to the North Atlantic Conference Women's Volleyball Championship match.
Semifinal Match 1 - Maine Maritime Academy 3 – Husson University 0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-17)
CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy volleyball cruised to a three-set victory over Husson University on Friday night in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Semifinal match inside of Smith Gymnasium.
The top-seeded Mariners improve to 21-6 overall and advance to their 12th straight NAC Championship tomorrow at 12:00 pm, while the fourth-seeded Eagles conclude their season at 5-19 overall.
The Mariners jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the first set, forcing the Eagles to call a timeout and took a 14-3 lead to force Husson to use their last timeout of the set. The Eagles scored back-to-back points, to cut the gap to 15-5, but Maine Maritime's early lead proved to be too large and the hosts took the set 25-14.
Maine Maritime took a 9-2 lead in the second set, but the Eagles fought back to cut the lead to 12-8. The Mariners responded, claiming the 25-13 set victory to take a 2-0 edge in the match.
The two teams battled closely in the third set, but the Mariners took the semifinal victory with a 25-17 set win.
Jessica D'Auria (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) led the Mariners with 12 kills and seven digs, while NAC First Team All-Conference selection Alexa Cacacie (Manahawkin, N.J.) tallied 10 kills, three digs, two aces and a block. NAC Defensive Player of the Year Maria Perez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) led all players with 16 digs, NAC Player of the Year and Sydney Adams (Trumbull, Conn.) contributed a match-high 34 assists, to go with seven digs, six kills, and a block.
Mary Grace Power led the Eagles with eight kills, two digs and a block, while Second Team All-Conference selection Hanna Hembrow recorded 13 assists, five digs and a block and Second Team All-Conference selection Adrienne Beatty led Husson with 11 digs, and added two aces.
Semifinal Match 2 - SUNY Canton 3 – UMaine-Presque Isle 0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-10)
SUNY Canton defeated UMaine-Presque Isle 3-0 in Friday night in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Semifinal action inside of Smith Gymnasium on the campus of Maine Maritime Academy.
The second-seeded Kangaroos improve to 14-12 on the season and advance to the NAC Championship to face Maine Maritime tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. The third-seeded Owls finish their 2018 campaign at 10-17 overall.
The Owls jumped out to an early lead in the first set but the Kangaroos fought back to take a 25-20 set win.
The Kangaroos led for the majority of the second set and came away with the 25-15 victory and picked up a 25-10 set victory in the third set to claim the match.
NAC First Team selection Melissa McMaster led the Kangaroos with 13 kills, three digs and four blocks, fellow All-NAC First Team honoree Peyton Robinson added a match-high 36 assists and 12 digs for a double-double and chipped in with a block and Second Team All-Conference pick Jenna Roat added a team-best 15 digs while also adding four aces, and a kill.
Second Team All-Conference selection Miranda Washinawatok led the Owls with four kills and added 10 digs and a block, while fellow All-NAC Second team pick Devine Hoskie led the team with a match-high 16 digs and added three kills, an ace, and a block. Laura Aroz contributed a team-best 12 assists, while also recording four digs, an ace and a block.
(Courtesy of Maine Maritime Sports Information)
Maine Maritime will host SUNY Canton Saturday, November 3 at noon for the NAC Championship.