BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Oct. 15, 2017) – On Sunday, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy women's volleyball team claimed a pair of sweeps at a Skyline Conference tri-match hosted by St. Joseph's College of Brooklyn over the host Bears and Sarah Lawrence College. With the victories, the Mariners improve to 12-5 (5-1 Skyline), while SJC falls to 6-8 (2-4 Skyline) after a split on the day and the Gryphons of SLC drop to 9-11 (4-4 Skyline) after being swept twice.
In the 25-11, 25-15, 25-10 victory over St. Joe's, USMMA had three players record a team-high nine kills – seniors Dominique Pope (Silver Spring, Md.) and Kayla Gleason (Sound Beach, N.Y.) and junior Kate Lefler (Norman, Okla.). Pope also added seven digs and five service aces, while Gleason had a .429 hitting percentage in the match.
Sophomore setter Kyleigh Kappas (Parker, Colo.) dished out 27 assists to lead all players, while senior Alex Miller (Stevensville, Mich.) picked up a team-best 12 digs and classmate Myckenzie Toler (Prunedale, Calif.) contributed a match-high seven service aces to go along with six digs.
In the 25-10, 25-6, 25-12 sweep of Sarah Lawrence, Lefler had 13 kills and an impressive .524 hitting percentage to lead all players. The Mariners held the Gryphons to a negative-.044 hitting percentage in the match. Kappas recorded 30 digs, Pope registered a match-high 13 digs, Miller chipped in with five service aces and Gleason added eight kills
Merchant Marine is on the road this coming Thursday, Oct. 19, when the squad travels up to the College of New Rochelle for a non-conference matchup against the Blue Angels. Opening serve is schedule for 7 p.m. at CNR's Wellness Center.
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