KINGS POINT, N.Y. – On Sunday, the United States Merchant Marine Academy closed out its portion of the Landmark Conference schedule with two losses to Goucher College and Susquehanna University at the Liebertz Gymnasium in Kings Point, N.Y. on Senior Day. Following the defeats, the Mariners fell to 10-14 overall and 0-6 in the conference.
Goucher 3, USMMA 0 (21-25, 21-25, 22-25)
For the Merchant Marine Academy, freshman middle hitter Julie Flaherty (West Islip, N.Y.) had a team-best seven kills, while senior libero Ana Fuschetto (Swink, Colo.) smashed down four service aces and picked up 11 digs. Senior setter Jenna Palaschak (Annandale, Va.) recorded 17 assists. Sophomore outside hitter Jessica Tyack (Lake Isabella, Calif.) had a pair of solo blocks.
For Goucher, rookie opposite hitter Megan Chalk (Saverna Park, Md.) amassed a match-high 15 kills. Senior setter Claire Sauvage-Mar (New Delhi, India) had a contest-best 30 assists and senior opposite hitter Kasey Quinn (Ellicott City, Md.) racked up 18 digs.
Susquehanna 3, USMMA 0 (8-25, 18-25, 17-25)
For the Mariners, freshman outside hitter Kelly Hodges (Lakewood, Colo.) picked up six kills, while Tyack and Flaherty had four each. Flaherty also had three solo blocks. Palaschak recorded 13 assists and Fuschetto grabbed 10 digs.
For the Crusaders, sophomore outside hitter Emily Carson (Caldwell, N.J.) notched eight kills, while freshman right-side hitter Emily Bwint (Collegeville, Pa.) and sophomore middle hitter Kaylee Monga (Rockaway, N.J.) had seven each. In the assists department, junior setter Shona St. Angelo (Manorville, N.Y.) had 17 and sophomore setter Samantha Adler (Montville, N.J.) had 10. Sophomore libero Kelly O'Brien (Mastic, N.Y.) scooped up 19 digs.
Head Coach James Seitelman and the Mariners return to action on Friday when they travel to Newark, N.J. to compete in a tri-match against FDU-Florham and Rutgers-Newark. Game times are set for 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively.