KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Oct. 11, 2018) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy women's volleyball team defeated visiting non-conference opponent Lehman College in straight sets on Thursday night at the Liebertz Gymnasium – 25-10, 25-16, 25-16. With the win, the Mariners' eighth-consecutive, Merchant Marine improves to 11-5 on the season, while the Lightning fall to 4-15.
Freshman Taylor Gilbertson (Phoenix, Ariz.) led all players with nine kills and four service aces, accounting for 13 points for the Mariners over two sets on the night. Junior setter Kyleigh Kappas (Parker, Colo.) dished out 25 assists over two sets and, defensively, junior libero Nicole Ibinson (Fredericksburg, Va.) had 11 digs, also in two sets.
For Lehman, juniors Eriadna Vasquez and Caitlin Vernon tied for the team-high with four kills apiece, while classmate Samantha Delgado recorded 14 assists and Vernon and sophomore Paulette Sepulveda both registered nine digs each.
Up next, USMMA will host a Skyline tri-match this Sunday, Oct. 14. The first match of the day is scheduled for 11 a.m. against St. Joseph's-Brooklyn. The Mariners will then take on Sarah Lawrence later in the day. Prior to the first match, Merchant Marine will pay tribute to its two graduating seniors – Lefler and Megan Toler (Prunedale, Calif.) - with a special Senior Day ceremony. Live stats and a live video stream of all three matches on Sunday will be available with links on the USMMA Women's Volleyball Schedule Page.
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