Mariners Sweep Owls and Bengals; Secure No. 1 Seed in NAC Tournament

Mariners Sweep Owls and Bengals; Secure No. 1 Seed in NAC Tournament

BANGOR, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy volleyball wrapped up the regular season with a pair of 3-0 victories against UMaine-Presque Isle and UMaine-Fort Kent at Newman Gymnasium on Saturday. The Mariners secured the top seed in the upcoming North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship Tournament. 

The Mariners improve to 20-6 overall and conclude the NAC regular season with an unblemished 5-0 record, going unbeaten in regular season conference play over the last 23 matches.

Maine Maritime will host both semifinal matches on Friday, November 2. The second seed, SUNY Canton (13-12, 4-1) will face third-seeded UMaine-Presque Isle. Maine Maritime will take on the fourth-seed, Husson University (5-17, 2-3). 

Semifinal winners will square off for the conference championship on Saturday, November 3.

The Owls split their matches with Husson and the Mariners, to improve to 10-16 on the season and 3-2 in the conference. Non-conference opponent, Fort Kent also split their matches, to improve to 24-5 overall.

Maine Maritime Academy 3 – UMaine-Presque Isle 0 (25-10, 25-16, 25-9) 

Alexa Cacacie (Manahawkin, N.J.) led all players with 16 kills, hitting .696 percent, and also contributed two digs, two aces and a block. Rachel Melampy (Duxbury, Mass.) tallied a double-double with 16 digs and 10 kills and also added two aces and an assist, while Jessica D'Auria also contributed 10 kills to go along with five digs, an assist and a block. Maria Perez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) led all players with 23 digs, while adding two assists, an ace and a kill and Sydney Adams (Trumbull, Conn.) led the match with 38 assists, while also recording nine digs and two aces.

Devine Hoskie led the Owls with 22 digs, seven kills, three aces and a block, while Lauren Aroz led Presque Isle with eight assists. 

Maine Maritime Academy 3 – UMaine-Fort Kent 0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-18) 

Rachel Melampy led the Mariners with 22 kills, tying her career-high, and 17 digs for the double-double, while Maria Perez also added 17 digs to go with four aces and an assist and Jessica D'Auria fell just shy of a double-double with 12 digs and nine kills. Sydney Adams broke the Maine Maritime record for assists in a three-set match with 43 assists and tallied a double-double with 13 digs, three kills, an ace and a block.

Luse Lumas led Fort Kent with eight kills, two blocks and an ace, while teammate Ashlyn Ferreria led the team with 14 digs, and added an assist and Haley West led the Bengals with 23 assists to go with seven digs, two blocks and a kill.