NAC Tournament: The Mariners claimed the top seed in the conference tournament after posting a perfect 7-0 record in North Atlantic Conference play and earned a bye in last Saturday's quarterfinal round. Second-seeded Husson University also earned a bye in the quarterfinals.
2017 NAC VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
All start times and dates are subject to change
Semifinals • Friday, November 3 (at Maine Maritime)
No. 4 New England College at No. 1 Maine Maritime - 6:00 p.m.
No. 3 Colby-Sawyer vs. No. 2 Husson - 8:00 p.m.
Championship Match • Saturday, November 4 (at Maine Maritime)
Semifinal Winners (at higher seed) - 11:00 a.m.
Maine Maritime's History Against Opponents in the Tournament: The Mariners are a perfect 1-0 against the Pilgrims. Against the Chargers, Maine Maritime is 3-11 all-time, including three-straight. Against the Eagles, the Mariners are 25-9 all-time, including 10-straight wins, and eight three-set victories in the last nine matchups.
The Mariners: Under the direction of Head Coach Tricia Carver in her fifth season, the Mariners compiled an 18-12 overall record. The Mariners went a perfect 7-0 against NAC opponents.
The Mariners are looking to return to the NAC Championship Final for the 11th-straight season.
The Eagles: Under the direction of Head Coach Taylor Roland-Buohl, in her second season, Husson complied a 16-10 overall record, including a 6-1 record against conference teams. During the NAC regular season, the Eagles fell to Maine Maritime 3-0 in Castine.
Bailey Cote leads the Eagles with 148 kills and 38 blocks. Hannah Hembrow leads the team with 377 assists, while Nia Arranaga leads the Eagles with 66 aces, and Delaney Chisholm has a team-high 200 digs.
The Chargers: Under the direction of first-year Head Coach Josh Anderson the Chargers compiled a 13-8 overall record, and posted a 5-2 conference record. During the regular season Maine Maritime Academy and Husson University both handed the Chargers a 3-1 loss.
Naarah Cox leads the Chargers with 285 kills and 60 blocks. Olivia Goodrich leads the team with 817 assists, and Morgan Flynn leads the team in both aces (54) and digs (343).
The Pilgrims: Under the direction of first-year Head Coach Laura Falkowitz, the Pilgrims compiled a 13-15 overall record this season and posted a 4-3 record against conference opponents. During the regular season New England College fell to Maine Maritime (3-0), Colby-Sawyer (3-0), and Husson (3-1).
Dreka Griffin leads the Pilgrims with 218 kills. Meaghan Six leads the team with 356 digs and 47 aces, while Kennedy Somavia leads the Pilgrims with 324 assists and Angela Davis leads the team with 39 blocks.
Maine Maritime's Postseason History Against Tournament Teams: Since the program's start in 2003 the Mariners have faced Husson University eight times in the postseason. Maine Maritime has squared off with Colby-Sawyer six times in the postseason. The Mariners have never faced the Pilgrims in postseason play.
NAC Honors: Maine Maritime Academy was heavily honored in the NAC Postseason Awards. Sophomore Alexa Cacacie earned NAC Player of the Year honors, while sophomore teammate Maria Perez earned NAC Defensive Player of the Year accolades for the second year in a row and Jessica D'Auria was named the NAC Rookie of the Year. Maine Maritime's Head Coach Tricia Carver was named the NAC Coach of the Year for the third-straight season, after earning Coach of the Year honors last season and Co-Coach of the Year honors in 2015.
Husson's Nia Arranaga leads the NAC with 0.86 aces per set and Bailey Cote leads the league with a 0.327 hitting percentage.
Colby-Sawyer's Olivia Goodrich leads the league with 7.93 assists per set and 817 total assists. Courtney Murray leads the NAC with 8.87 blocks per set and 958 total attacks.
NCAA Rankings: The Mariners lead the NCAA Division III with 383 aces, while Jessica D'Auria ranks 18th among DIII players with 71 total service aces.
Husson's Nia Arranaga ranks eight in the NCAA DIII with 0.86 aces per set.
What's Next? The NAC Champion will receive an automatic berth to the 2017 NCAA Division III Volleyball Championship.