Mariners Fall to #18 MIT in First Round of NCAA Tournament

Mariners Fall to #18 MIT in First Round of NCAA Tournament

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Maine Maritime Academy volleyball fell to #18 MIT 3-0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-16) on Friday afternoon in the First Round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The seventh-seeded Mariners and the second-seeded Engineers battled closely in the first set, until MIT used a five-point run late in the set to take a 20-13 lead, and the 25-15 victory. 

MIT scored three-straight to open up the second set, and scored five in a row to close out the second set with a 25-13 win.

The Mariners came out strong in the third set, building a 3-0 lead but the Engineers scored six-straight to take an 18-9 lead. Maine Maritime continued to fight and closed the gap to just five points but the Engineers hung on for the victory.

Alexa Cacacie (Manahawkin, N.J.) led the Mariners with seven kills, one dig and one block assist, while Jessica D'Auria (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) added six digs, five kills, an ace and a block assist. Sydney Adams (Trumbull, Conn.) led the Mariners with 14 assists, and also added eight digs, two kills, an ace and a block assist. Maria Perez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) led the Mariners with 10 digs and also added two assists. 

Abby Bertics led the Engineers with 10 kills, and added a dig and a solo block, Carly Silvernale led MIT with 16 digs and also added three assists and an ace and Andie Maloney added a game-high 16 assists.

The Mariners conclude their season at 20-13 overall, while the Engineers improve to 29-2 on the season and advance to the second round and will play Tufts tomorrow at 2:30 pm.