CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy's sophomore Rachel Melampy (Marshfield, Mass.) has been named the 2019 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Volleyball Player of the Year, while teammate Sydney Adams (Trumbull, Conn.) has been named the 2019 NAC Volleyball Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year. Senior Alexa Cacacie (Manahawkin, N.J.) and senior Maria Perez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) joined Melampy and Adams on the 2019 First Team All-Conference, while Jessica D'Auria (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) landed a spot on the 2019 Second Team All-Conference and senior Maggie MacMahon (Boise, Idaho) earned a spot on the 2019 NAC Volleyball Sportsmanship Team.
Melampy, a Vessel Operations Technology major and the 2018 NAC Rookie of the Year, tallied 51 kills in six NAC matches to average a league-leading 3.00 kill per set. Across 17 conference sets, Melampy racked up 125 attacks, 30 digs (1.76 d/s), six service aces (0.35 sa/s), and three total blocks (0.18 b/s). In 22 matches for the Mariners this season, she recorded 262 kills, (3.85 k/s), to lead the conference. Melampy tallied double-figures in kills in 16 matches, and recorded a double-double in seven matches. The First Team All-Conference outside hitter, was selected as the NAC Player of the Week four times this season.
Adams, a Marine Science major, boasts a 3.63 GPA as a two-sport athlete, also excelling on the Mariners' women's lacrosse team. Adams was named a Scheel Scholar this fall, the highest academic honor bestowed at Maine Maritime Academy. She shares her passions for volleyball and Marine Science with local youth in a variety of ways, including leading the Mariners' VolleyKids program, and volunteering with the Ocean Studies department to promote science and marine health to elementary school children. Adams volunteers with Special Olympics events on campus, is a member of the Title IX Advisory Board, and is a peer tutor. On the court, she led the conference with 8.63 assists per set, and had the second-most assists with 138 over only 16 sets. This season, Adams surpassed 3,000 career assists, becoming the first Maine Maritime volleyball player to do so. Among NAC Players, Adams ranks sixth in service aces (16) and fifth in service aces-per-set (1.0). She also tallied 20 kills (1.25 k/s), 18 digs (1.13 d/s), seven blocks (0.44 b/s), and hit .277 in conference matches. Adams totals 714 assists (9.95 a/s) across all 24 matches for the Mariners this fall. She received Player of the Week honors twice and is also a First Team All-Conference selection.
Cacacie, a Marine Biology major, appeared in all 25 matches this season, tallying 195 kills, including 36 in the six conference matches. The senior middle hitter hit .295 percent all season and .394 in conference action. Cacacie tallied 67 service aces, 47 digs, 44 blocks, and eight assists and recorded double-figures in kills in seven matches. In six matches, Cacacie hit .500 percent or higher and tallied one double-double with 11 kills and 10 aces against NVU-Johnson on October 26. This season Cacacie earned NAC Player of the Week honors on October 28.
Perez, a Vessel Operations Technology major, was a defensive powerhouse for the Mariners, appearing in 24 matches and tallying 3.96 digs per set. The senior libero recorded double-digit digs in 17 matches, and became the program's all-time dig leader. Perez was named the NAC Defensive Player of the Week four times this season, while averaging 4.38 digs per set in six conference matches. Overall this season Perez totaled 293 digs, 55 assists, 21 aces and three kills. In conference play, Perez recorded 70 digs, 10 assists, three aces, and a kill.
D'Auria, Marine Biology / Small Vessel Operations major, appeared in 24 matches for the Mariners this season, totaling 633 kills, 465 digs, 163 aces, 31 blocks, and 19 assists. Against conference opponents in six matches, D'Auria tallied 36 kills, 30 digs, 12 aces and two assists.
MacMahon, a Marine Biology / Small Vessel Operations major appeared in 23 matches, totaling 458 kills, 281 digs, 39 aces, 27 blocks, and 22 assists. In five conference matches, MacMahon registered seven kills, two digs and an assist. The NAC Volleyball Sportsmanship Team is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The honorees positively affect the women's volleyball culture and match environment by clearly demonstrating sportsmanship and integrity beyond the sport playing rules and etiquette.
NAC Women's Volleyball All-Conference Teams
|Rachel Melampy||Marshfield, Mass.||So.||Maine Maritime||OH|
|Sydney Adams||Trumbull, Conn.||Sr.||Maine Maritime||S|
|Alexa Cacacie||Manahawkin, N.J.||Sr.||Maine Maritime||MH|
|Nikola Knapova||Presov, Slovakia||Sr.||NVU-Johnson||OH|
|Jenna Roat||Penfield, N.Y.||Sr.||SUNY Canton||L|
|Marissa Ixtlahuac||Carthage, N.Y.||Sr.||SUNY Canton||MB/RS|
|Maria Perez||San Juan, Puerto Rico||Sr.||Maine Maritime||L|
|Jessica D'Auria||Hopewell Junction, N.Y.||Jr.||Maine Maritime||OH|
|Melissa McMaster||Pittsford, N.Y.||Sr.||SUNY Canton||MB|
|Lauren Havill||Gainsfille, Va.||Jr.||NVU-Johnson||DS/OH/RS|
|Porsche Johnson||Dallas, Texas||Fr.||NVU-Johnson||MB/OH/S|
|Hanna Hembrow||Milford, N.H.||Sr.||Husson||S|
|Brynna Harris||Mead, Colo.||Sr.||SUNY Canton||MH/RS|
|Mary Grace Power||Bellerose Village, N.Y.||Sr.||Husson||OH|
|Melissa McMaster||Pittsford, N.Y.||Sr.||SUNY Canton||MB|
|Taylor Tsatsis||Neponsit, N.Y.||Jr.||SUNY Delhi||MH/OPP|
|Cheyenne Young||Eagle River, Alaska||Fr.||Husson||RS|
|Callen Ferris||Fairfax, Va.||Jr.||NVU-Johnson||DS|
|Cassie Black||Tolland, Conn.||Jr.||NVU-Lyndon||S|
|Maggie MacMahon||Boise, Idaho||Sr.||Maine Maritime||OH|
|Laura Aroz||Tuscon, Ariz.||Sr.||UMaine-Presque Isle||S/BR|
|Player of the Year||Rachel Melampy||Marshfield, Mass.||So.||Maine Maritime|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Jenna Roat||Penfield, N.Y.||Sr.||SUNY Canton|
|Rookie of the Year||Porsche Johnson||Dallas, Texas||Fr.||NVU-Johnson|
|Senior Scholar Athlete||Sydney Adams||Trumbull, Conn.||Sr.||Maine Maritime|
|Coach of the Year||Keven John||NVU-Johnson|
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