Perez Surpasses 1,000 Career Digs as Mariners Fall to Western Connecticut State and Coast Guard

Perez Surpasses 1,000 Career Digs as Mariners Fall to Western Connecticut State and Coast Guard

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Maine Maritime Academy volleyball fell to Western Connecticut State 3-2 (23-25, 25-14, 25-11, 22-25, 15-11) and Coast Guard Academy 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-13) on Friday night in non-conference action.

With the losses the Mariners fall to 3-3 and will travel to Connecticut College for two matches beginning at 10:00 am against Oneonta, followed by a match against Connecticut College at 12:00 pm.

Western Connecticut State University 3 – Maine Maritime Academy 2 (23-25, 25-14, 25-11, 22-25, 15-11)

The Mariners used a five-point run late in the first set to claim the 25-23 victory but the Colonials (4-2) fought back to take the next two sets. Down 21-17 in the fourth set, the Mariners outscored Western Connecticut State 8-1 to close out the set and send the match into the fifth set. The Colonials jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the fifth set and despite a four-point run by the Mariners to cut the gap to 11-9, Western Connecticut State took the match with a 15-11 set victory. 

Alexa Cacacie (Manahawkin, N.J.) led the Mariners with 12 kills, four digs, two aces and a block, Avery O'Neal (Burbank, Calif.) added a season-high double-double of 18 digs and 11 kills, while also adding six aces and three assists. Sydney Adams (Trumbull, Conn.) led all-players with 31 assists and also chipped in with eight digs, five kills, two aces and a block and Maria Perez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) recorded a match-high 26 digs to surpass 1,000 career digs. Perez becomes just the third Maine Maritime volleyball player to achieve that milestone. 

Kamari King led the Colonials with 19 digs and 18 kills, while Jenna Skerrit added a team-best 28 assists and 10 digs. 

Coast Guard Academy 3 – Maine Maritime Academy 0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-13)

The first set was back-and-forth until the Bears (6-1) took a 24-20 advantage and held on for the set win. Set two was very similar to set one with both teams exchanging points back-and-forth until the Bears used kills from Bridget Boyle and Lauren Hatfield to take a 2-0 advantage. The Bears went on a six-point run, and then orchestrated a five-point run to claim the third set and the match. 

O'Neal lead the Mariners with nine kills, six digs, three aces and two assists, Perez led all players with 17 digs, and chipped in with three aces and an assist and Adams led the team with 17 assists and also tallied three digs, and a pair of kills.

Angelou Dunton led the Bears with 13 kills, 12 digs, two blocks and an assist, Makenna Martin led the team with 18 assists, and had five digs, three aces and a kill and Heather Miller tallied a team-high 15 digs to go with two assists and an ace.