Mariners Fend Off Pilgrims to Advance to 11th-Straight NAC Championship

Mariners Fend Off Pilgrims to Advance to 11th-Straight NAC Championship

CASTINE, Maine – The top-seeded Maine Maritime Academy volleyball team defeated the fourth seed New England College 3-0 (25-12, 25-19, 25-17), on Friday night in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Semifinals inside of Smith Gymnasium.

The Mariners jumped out to a lead in the first set and never looked back taking the 25-12 victory, but the Pilgrims came back fighting in the second set and led early until the Mariners went on a four-point run to claim the 25-19 win. The third set proved to be just as competitive as the Mariners edged the Pilgrims 25-17 to take the match.

NAC Player of the Year Alexa Cacacie (Manahawkin, N.J.) led all players with 12 kills, and also added four aces, three digs and two blocks. First Team All-Conference selection Sydney Adams (Trumbull, Conn.) led all players with 27 assists, while also chipping with three kills, three digs and an ace. NAC Defensive Player of the Year Maria Perez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) led all players with nine digs, while also tallying two aces.

Kayleigh McDougall and Second Team All-Conference selection Dreka Griffin led the Pilgrims with six kills each, while MacDougall added five digs, a block and an ace and Griffin chipped in with three blocks, and a dig. Melanie Langgle led NEC with eight digs and Kennedy Somavia led the team with 11 assists and also added a block and an ace.

The Mariners improve to 19-12 overall and will face Colby-Sawyer tomorrow in the Championship match, for the seventh-consecutive season, at 11:00 am. The Pilgrims conclude their inaugural season at 13-16.