CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy volleyball swept a non-conference doubleheader against UMaine-Fort Kent on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Bengals 3-1 in the first match and 3-0 in the second match.
The two wins move the Mariners to 13-5 overall, while the Bengals drop to 14-5. This is the Mariners' first double-header sweep of the Bengals since the two teams began the annual meetings in 2014. Maine Maritime now holds an 8-7 edge over the Bengals in all-time meetings. The Mariners return to action on Wednesday night when they travel to play NESCAC's Bates College at 7:00 pm.
Maine Maritime Academy 3 – UMaine-Fort Kent 1 (25-16, 25-27, 25-10, 25-13)
The Mariners cruised to the first 25-16 first set victory but the Bengals fought back to take the second set 27-25. Maine Maritime claimed the match, taking the third set, 25-10 and the fourth set 25-13.
Rachel Melampy (Duxbury, Mass.) led the Mariners with a double-double of 14 kills and 10 digs, while also tallying four aces and two blocks. Alexa Cacacie (Manahawkin, N.J.) added 13 kills, four digs, and two aces, while Sydney Adams (Trumbull, Conn.) led the match with 37 assists, and also contributed eight digs, seven kills and two aces. Jessica D'Auria (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) chipped in with six aces, six digs, five kills and a block and Maria Perez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) recorded a match-best 28 digs to go along with an ace and an assist.
Payton Spragling led the Bengals with six kills and also chipped in with eight digs, Marisol Kirkendall scooped up a team-high 13 digs and tallied two assists and Justine McCorkle led Fort Kent with 11 assists, and contributed three kills and two digs.
Maine Maritime Academy 3 – UMaine-Fort Kent 0 (25-20, 25-16, 26-24)
The Mariners took the first set 25-20 and comfortably picked up the second set, 25-16. Maine Maritime edged the Bengals 26-24 to secure the double-header sweep.
Melampy led the Mariners with a career-high 20 kills, eight digs, two aces and a block, Adams set a match-high 37 assists to go along with two kills, two aces and a block and Perez led all players with 17 digs. D'Auria tallied 10 kills, six digs and two aces.
Spragling led the Bengals once again with six kills, and nine digs and Haley West contributed a team-high 13 digs and 13 assists.