Season Preview: Volleyball

Season Preview: Volleyball

Looking Ahead to the 2018 Season: 2015 Co-Coach of the Year and 2016 & 2017 NAC Coach of the Year, Tricia Carver returns for her sixth season at the helm of the defending North Atlantic Conference Champion Mariners. 2017 NAC Player of the Year Alexa Cacacie (Manahawkin, N.J.) returns for her junior season, along side the 2017 NAC Rookie of the Year Jessica D'Auria (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.). Two-time NAC Defensive Player of the Year Maria Perez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) returns for her junior season along with teammates Sydney Adams (Trumbull, Conn.) who earned 2017 NAC First Team honors and Maggie MacMahon (Boise, Idaho) who was named to the Second Team All-NAC.

"We are excited for another season with the opportunity to play against one of the toughest schedules Maine Maritime Academy volleyball has seen in years," said Carver.

With a challenging non-conference schedule to prepare the team for conference place, the Mariners look to defend their NAC Title and return to the NCAA Tournament for the third-straight season. 

"It's going to be a year full of challenges and opportunities but I am confident that we will rise to the level of competition ahead of us and have a blast playing the sport that we love," said Carver. "I love my team!" 

The Captains: Head Coach Tricia Carver has announced Hannah Butland (Cumberland, Maine), Maggie MacMahon, and Maria Perez as captains for the 2018 season.

"Maria has added a tremendous amount of heart, passion, and enthusiasm to our team since her arrival two years ago," said Carver. "She is a skilled player and uplifting teammate." 

"Hannah's idea of being a captain is to exemplify an all for one and one for all attitude," said Carver. "She does this very well both on the court and off the court. That is the type of leader we want in the role of captain."

"Maggie leads by example," said Carver. "She works hard every day, she models how to improve on and off the court, and she understands the need to put the team before herself." 

"In our team contract, we state that 'leadership is service, not position'," said Carver. "Our captains are working hard to serve their team. They've got the skills and characteristics to work with, individually and as a group. I'm happy to watch them and the team grow this year."

Season Opener: The Mariners open up their 2018 campaign on Friday when they host the University of Southern Maine at 6:00 pm. Maine Maritime will host the University of New England and Saint Joseph's College of Maine on Saturday, before hitting the road for 12 matches including a tri-match at the United States Coast Guard Academy.

Against USM, UNE and Saint Joe's: The Huskies hold a narrow 8-6 advantage over the Mariners. Last season the Huskies took both meetings against Maine Maritime.

The Nor'easters are 6-2 all-time against the Mariners. The two teams split their meetings last season, the Mariners won the first matchup and the Nor'Easters came back to win the meeting later in the season.

The Monks are 12-5 all-time against the Mariners, and defeated the Mariners 3-2 last season in Gorham.

Conference Play: The Mariners open up a new era of North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play on Saturday, October 13 at NVU-Lyndon against the Hornets and NVU-Johnson and will host SUNY Canton and Husson University for a NAC play date on Saturday, October 20.

NAC Preseason Poll: Maine Maritime Academy was selected to repeat as the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) volleyball champions in the 2018 preseason poll. The Mariners received a total of 35 points and five of the six first place votes to top the league.

New-comers to the NAC, SUNY Canton, was selected in the second spot with 30 points and one first place vote. Husson landed in third with 25 points, followed by UMaine-Presque Isle (17), Northern Vermont-Johnson (16) and Northern Vermont-Lyndon (15).

Voting for the preseason poll was conducted among the league's head volleyball coaches.

 2018 NAC Volleyball Preseason Coaches' Poll

  1. Maine Maritime 35 (5)
  2. SUNY Canton 30 (1)
  3. Husson 25
  4. UMaine-Presque Isle 17
  5. NVU-Johnson 16
  6. NVU-Lyndon 15

Click HERE to view the complete NAC Preseason Poll.

Looking Back at 2017: Last season the Mariners went 20-13 overall and a perfect 7-0 in the conference. The Mariners clinched their second-straight NAC Championship, the program's sixth overall, and earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament. The Mariners fell to MIT in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.