NAC Tournament: The Mariners claimed the top seed in the conference tournament after posting a perfect 6-0 record in North Atlantic Conference play.
2019 NAC VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
All start times and dates are subject to change
Semifinals • Saturday, November 9
Championship Match • Sunday, November 10
No. 2 SUNY Canton at No. 1 Maine Maritime - 12:00 p.m.
Maine Maritime's History Against Opponents in the Tournament: The Mariners will face SUNY Delhi for the first-time ever in the NAC Tournament. Against the Broncos, the Mariners are 1-0 all-time, which includes a 3-0 victory. Against the Eagles, the Mariners are 31-9 all-time, including 15-straight wins, and 13 three-set victories in the last 14 matchups. The Mariners are 3-0 all-time against the Kangaroos, including three straight three-set victories.
The Mariners: Under the direction of Head Coach Tricia Carver in her seventh season, the Mariners compiled an 22-3 overall record. The Mariners went a perfect 6-0 against NAC opponents.
The Mariners are looking to return to the NAC Championship Final for the 13th-straight season and are seeking their fourth straight NAC Championship.
Rachel Melampy (Marshfield, Mass.) leads the Mariners with 262 kills this season (3.85 k/s). Maria Perez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) leads the team defensively with 293 digs (3.96 d/s). Sydney Adams (Trumbull, Conn.) leads the team with 714 assist (9.65 a/s) Alexa Cacacie (Manahawkin, N.J.) leads the team with 64 aces, 44 blocks and a .295 hitting percentage.
The Kangaroos: Under the direction of Head Coach Caitlin Grimshaw in her first season, SUNY Canton complied a 8-20 overall record, including a 5-1 record against conference teams. During the NAC regular season, the Roos fell to Maine Maritime 3-0 at Delhi.
Marissa Ixtlahuac leads the Roos with 181 kills (1.89 k/s). Teammate Melissa McMaster has 179 kills (1.90 k/s), 63 blocks and boasts a .248 hitting percentage.
Jenna Roat leads the team with 428 digs (4.51 d/s) and aces with 49 aces. Ashton Houppert leads the team with 484 assists (5.90 a/s).
The Badgers: Johnson enters the NAC Tournament at 13-11 overall and 4-2 in conference. The Badgers are led by Keven John who is in second season at the helm.
During the NAC regular season, the Badgers fell to Maine Maritime 3-0 in Castine.
Nikola Knapova leads the Badgers with 165 kills (2.01 k/s), 70 aces, and the team defensively with 198 digs (2.41 d/s). Mason Lores leads the team with 602 assists (7.34 a/s), while Porche Johnson leads the team with 33 blocks and a .271 hitting percentage.
The Broncos: NAC newcomer, SUNY Delhi, enters the postseason with a 12-13 record and 3-3 in conference. Beau Bracchy is in his 15th season at the helm for the Broncos. During the regular season, the Broncos fell to Maine Maritime 3-0 at Delhi.
Witchney Clersainville led the Broncos with 223 kills (2.56 k/s), 59 blocks and .213 hitting percentage. Erica Prindle leads the team with 582 assists (6.61 a/s), while Shelby Nolan leads the team defensively with 349 digs (4.11 d/s).
Maine Maritime's Postseason History Against Tournament Teams: Since the program's start in 2003 the Mariners have faced Husson University nine times in the postseason. They have faced Canton once in the postseason in last years NAC Championship, which the Mariners won 3-0 to advance the NCAA Tournament, while the Mariners have never faced Broncos in tournament play.
NAC Honors: Maine Maritime Academy's sophomore Rachel Melampy was named the 2019 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Volleyball Player of the Year, while teammate Sydney Adams was named the 2019 NAC Volleyball Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year. Senior Alexa Cacacie and senior Maria Perez 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.
Canton's Jenna Roat earned NAC Defensive Player of the Year honors, while NVU-Johnson's Head Coach Keven John was named the NAC Coach of the Year and Porsche Johnson grabbed Rookie of the Year accolades.
NVU-Johnson's Nikola Knapova joined Canton's Marissa Ixtlahuac and Roat on the First Team All-Conference.
NAC Rankings: Maine Maritime's Melampy leads the NAC in kills and kills per set. Adams leads the conference in assists and assists per set. Cacacie leads the NAC in hitting percentage
NVU-Johnson's Knapova leads the conference in aces. SUNY Canton's Roat leads the conference in digs and digs per set, while fellow teammate McMaster leads the conference in blocks.
What's Next? The NAC Champion will receive an automatic berth to the 2019 NCAA Division III Volleyball Championship.