KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Oct. 25, 2017) – Earlier this week, the Skyline Conference announced that USMMA senior outside hitter Dominique Pope (Silver Spring, Md.) was selected to the league's weekly honor roll following her performances in the Mariners' three matches last week. This is the third week this season that Pope has earned this accolade (Oct. 2 & Oct. 9).
Pope led the Mariners with 4.00 kills per set with a total of 36 kills over the trio of three-set matches – a pair of 3-0 road losses at New Rochelle on Thursday and Farmingdale on Saturday and a straight-set neutral-match victory over SUNY Maritime, also on Saturday. The senior also hit at a team-best .304 clip on the week (36k-12e-79ta) and tied for the team-high with five blocks, while picking up 16 total digs (1.78 per set) and five service aces.
Pope ranks second in the Skyline Conference with 3.12 kills per set and her 0.59 service aces per set are good for sixth in the league. Also ranking among the Skyline's top-10 statistically are sophomore Kyleigh Kappas (Parker, Colo.), who is the conference's leading setter with 8.77 assists per set, junior Kate Lefler (Norman, Okla.), who ranks third with 3.03 kills per set and eighth with a .225 hitting percentage and senior Tichina Carmon (Greenville, N.C.), whose 0.75 blocks per set are third in the Skyline.
Nationally, as a team, the Mariners rank fourth among all NCAA DIII teams in holding opponents to a .073 hitting percentage, while their 2.71 service aces per set are good for 30th in the country.
For the complete release from the Skyline Conference, click here. For a full ranking of the Skyline Conference's statistical leaders, follow this link. Merchant Marine's NCAA Statistical Ranking Summary can be found at this link (team rankings are on the first page, individual rankings are on the second page).
The Mariners are back in action this Saturday, Oct. 28, when they host Purchase and Old Westbury for a Skyline tri-match. The opening match of the day against the Purchase Panthers is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Liebertz Gymnasium. Before the match, the Mariners will pay tribute to their six graduating seniors with a special Senior Day ceremony. The day will end with a 3 p.m. match against the Old Westbury Panthers. Live stats and a live video feed of both matches will be available with links on the USMMA Women's Volleyball Schedule Page.
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