CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy volleyball cruised to a 3-0 victory over Husson University on Friday night in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Semifinal match inside of Smith Gymnasium.
The top-seeded Mariners improve to 21-6 on the season and advance to their 12th-straight NAC Championship tomorrow at 12:00 pm, while the fourth-seeded Eagles conclude their season at 5-19 overall. The Mariners will face the winner of the second semifinal match between SUNY Canton and UMaine-Presque Isle.
Maine Maritime Academy 3 – Husson University 0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-17)
The Mariners jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the first set, forcing the Eagles to call a timeout and took a 14-3 lead to force Husson to use their last timeout of the set. The Eagles scored back-to-back points, to cut the gap to 15-5, but Maine Maritime's early lead proved to be too large and the hosts took the set 25-14.
Maine Maritime took a 9-2 lead in the second set, but the Eagles fought back to cut the lead to 12-8. The Mariners responded, claiming the 25-13 set victory to take a 2-0 edge in the match.
The two teams battled closely in the third set, but the Mariners took the semifinal victory with a 25-17 set win.
Jessica D'Auria (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) led the Mariners with 12 kills and seven digs, while NAC First Team All-Conference selection Alexa Cacacie (Manahawkin, N.J.) tallied 10 kills, three digs, two aces and a block. NAC Defensive Player of the Year Maria Perez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) led all players with 16 digs, and NAC Player of the Year and Sydney Adams (Trumbull, Conn.) contributed a match-high 34 assists, to go with seven digs, six kills, and a block.
Mary Grace Power led the Eagles with eight kills, two digs and a block, while Hanna Hembrow recorded 13 assists, five digs and a block and Adrienne Beatty led Husson with 11 digs, and added two aces.